Earth Day Activities!

Earth day is tomorrow! There are sites online filled with Earth Day activities. Many towns around the country are collecting hazardous waste (Greenwood High School in Bowling Green), handing out trees at locations – usually little twigs with roots that can be planted.

– Planting a garden is always a good activity that is rewarding! Kids get to see the results for weeks after and then eat the ‘fruits of their labor’.

For us it’s definitely a day to get away from the computer and go outside and play. By the way: Don’t forget sunblock!

A couple good sites:

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Addidas has a shoe with a game controller, Good or Bad?

This shoe is a new “augmented reality” sneaker that you have to hold in front of your webcam in order to play special online games. Games are in development. Personally I can’t see EVER buying one of these shoes! I can’t even see my kids asking for one of these shoes. I CAN see these being banned in schools, but in reality what sort of games can you play on them. From the sounds of the games you need to scan the AR Code on the tongue of the sneaker from your webcam and then the sneakers need to stay in view of the webcam throughout the game.

I do think Kinect is pretty cool, but it gets kids moving. This is the way to add a controller to a computer game…. that has to be in view of the webcam – a controller mind you that is on your foot. Most webcams are on top of the computer so that should make for some interesting gymnastics. Game of online Twister anyone?

I’m curious is anyone sees uses for this in the future? I can on the other hand see a use for print your own controller! That would be useful and marketable. Add a QR code that games can scan, and you can make your own keyboard or game controller to go with any game. No worry about losing the controller (or spilling soda in it), you can just print a new one…

[Each shoe will come] printed with an AR code on the tongue. When you hold the code in front of your webcam, you’ll gain access to a virtual version of the adidas Originals Neighborhood. Each month between February and April, we’ll launch a new interactive game within the Neighborhood and your shoe will be the game controller.


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Beer Science

One of the presentations that will be at the first Southern Kentucky Science Fest is a Science of Beer presentation at a local business. This morning I happened to get an email asking about experiments that can be done with beer for kids. (I remembered we also have 6 cans left in our fridge from a party 3 years ago that will never be used!)

Making clouds in a Glass of Beer:
When you sprinkle salt in beer a cloud of bubbles forms!  When created beer is supersaturated with CO2 and then sealed.  The bubbles are formed as the salt which is pitted causes the beer to release the CO2.  You can try dropping other things in the beer also to see how many bubbles form.  This is the same type of chemical reaction as dropping Mentos in soda.
Making Clouds in a regular glass:
Set some ice on a small metal dish. Warm a glass by pouring a bit of hot water over it. Allow the metal dish to get really cold. Set the cold dish on top of the glass and watch as a cloud forms along the top. Water droplets should soon form, showing how hot and cold air create condensation, just like rain.

I did some searching and happened to find this book. I don’t have it, so I can’t offer a yeah or nay on the book.


The Science of Beer will be held May 1 at Liquor Barn in Bowling Green KY for the SoKY Science Fest.

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Southern Kentucky gets a Science Festival!

Southern Kentucky is getting a science festival! The plan is for it to be a yearly event! This is an event for the community and the local university to come together and celebrate science.

It’s kicking off with a talk highlighting the centennial of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity (April 30 at WKU):

Dr. Jeffrey Bennett’s Relativity Tour kicks off the 2015 SKy Sci Fest with a free of charge public presentation: “Black Holes Don’t Suck! – An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Relativity Theories and Why They Matter”

May 2nd at Circus Square in Bowling Green from 9 to 5 will be a day of science fun! Featuring food, music, art, entertainment and chances to explore & discover the world through science. Attend stage performances and booths hosted by community organizations, individuals, businesses, and vendors.

See more information or sign up to participate at:

General Relativity talk

The multi-day festival will include everything from the science of beer to rocket science! Though it has been in the planning stages for months it is just now becoming reality and so they are collecting vendors, volunteers, demos and more!

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Adventure Time Game Wizard (Review)

Normally I would say that Adventure Time has no real educational value, but Adventure Time Game Creator? Kids can draw their own game layout and then import it into their game… Though they aren’t coding a game per say, they are definitely more interactive than some games.

What is Creator?

Finn and Jake face an all-new villain: Doodle Wizard! Play for hours in Adventure Mode, or make your own adventures! You can DRAW YOUR OWN GAMES! Use the Doodle Wizard’s secret glyph language to design custom video games. You can draw your games on paper and scan them in, or make mathematical levels directly in the app! Instantly turn your level design into a playable game!
(Cartoon Network)

Game Wizard Video on Youtube

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