Science can be fun





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A child experiences a rolling gear at Hisense Sci-exploration Center in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, Sept. 19, 2020. (Photo by Tang Ke/Xinhua)

BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) — Kids have fun on the National Science Popularization Day which fell on Saturday.

Activities to popularize science will last until Sept. 25 across the country.





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A pupil experiences a three-dimensional rolling loop at Binzhou Science and Technology Museum in Binzhou, east China’s Shandong Province, Sept. 19, 2020. (Photo by Chen Bin/Xinhua)





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A child experiences an astronomical telescope at Yangzhou Science and Technology Museum in Yangzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Sept. 19, 2020. (Photo by Meng Delong/Xinhua)





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A child experiences a science popularization device at Yangzhou Science and Technology Museum in Yangzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Sept. 19, 2020. (Photo by Meng Delong/Xinhua)

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Family Fun: Library videos help students experiment with science at home

Science can be explosively fun – and messy.

That’s what Molly Moore is learning. Moore, an education and enrichment librarian for the Spokane County Library District, is creating weekly Science From Home videos hoping to help children and families engage in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – activities at home while many students are working remotely this fall.

At 2 p.m. Monday, she’ll post her first video showing how to crack open a watermelon using rubber bands, “a great example of potential energy being converted to kinetic energy,” she said.

Videos will be posted each Monday through Dec. 14 to the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Upcoming experiments will look at soil erosion, lunar craters and exothermic chemical reactions. That last one, often called elephant toothpaste, combines hydrogen peroxide, food coloring and yeast to create a foaming fountain. And, it made a big mess in Moore’s backyard.

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