Science toys by Arvind Gupta! Didn't know about this until now (2015): http://arvindguptatoys.com/toys.html and a TED TALK "Turning Trash Into Toys For Learning" Wow!
Interesting site for all ages on a variety of things!
http://thekidshouldseethis.com/ (Thank you Emilee Carlson!)
Bizarre Labs (linked here in 2015): http://bizarrelabs.com/control.htm
Square, plastic box with magnifier in the lid - great for looking at insects up close:
American Science & Surplus: http://www.sciplus.com/
Zoe Bentley's site: http://www.exogeologyrocks.com/ Want to find out what exogeology is? Check it out!
Newtons Apple (videos about various science catagories):
"See How It's Made" (Thank you Christina Johnson for this title!)
"Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, And More Dynamite Devices" by William Gurstelle
(links to minerva, the Maine Library Lending system, follow each title)
Great Pets!: An Extraordinary Guide to More Than 60 Usual and Unusual Family Pets
Sara Bonnett Stein also wrote the famous "Noah's Garden" books. Amazon has this book description: "Published to rave reviews in 1993, Noah's Garden shows us how our landscape style of neat yards and gardens has devastated suburban ecology, wiping out entire communities of plants and animals by stripping bare their habitats and destroying their food supplies. When Stein realized what her intensive efforts at making a traditional garden had done, she set out to "ungarden." Her book interweaves an account of her efforts with an explanation of the ecology of gardens. Noah's Garden has become the bible of the new environmental gardening movement...."
(Note: This is intentionally pasted here and down below by rocks and fossils.)
New Hampshire Public Radio - link to broadcast about dinosaurs
Book - My-Beloved-Brontosaurus by Brian Switek
Human Body Anatomy Puzzle (like a 3d stand up torso and head): http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Resources-LER3336-Human-Anatomy/dp/B0012OELR6 Oh! Wait!! It is on sale for only 21.99 at ToysRUs online until July 6th, 2013: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/learning-educational-toys/science-discovery/anatomy-biology/human-body-anatomy-model-ler3336-3184285
Human Body Anatomy Floor Puzzle: http://www.amazon.com/Human-Body-Floor-100-pc/dp/B00BDJXJMS/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1374446782&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=Human+body+puzzle+melissa+and+doug
Online - Label the Skeletal System/Assemble the Skeleton: http://www.abcya.com/skeletal_system.htm
Build your own body - a little more with instructions at the back of each magazine:
(There is a twenty minute video showing the assembly of the model if you want to see what it would be like.)
***Portland Science Center (scheduled to open in August 2015 or shortly thereafter) will have an exhibit about the human body. http://www.portlandsciencecenter.com/
You can click the following exhibit to view a video about the Body Worlds Exhibit by Guther von Hagens http://www.bodyworlds.com/en/prelude/ny.html
Anatomy in Clay - http://anatomyinclay.com/
Pinterest Board on the Human Body: http://pinterest.com/unschoolingbc/human-body/
Songs about the human body and its functions: http://www.lyricallearning.com/vol3.html
And there are clothes showing the muscles too....: http://blackmilkclothing.com/collections/leggings/products/muscles-leggings
Various games about human body:
Visual Dictionary (diagrams of various body parts/labeled anatomy and more): http://www.infovisual.info/
Okay...this is a little different...yet intriguing...
A Canadian University offered a course about the human body called, "The Science of Batman,"
For those who loved (and still love) Batman, this might peek your interest!
Here's the site from the university itself...it really is a course: http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2012/CDs/EPHE/156.html
I wonder if they will ever offer the course online??
Kiwi Crate: http://www.kiwicrate.com/
(Your child receives a box with everything in it that they need to do a project either related to science, art or engineering, etc. This looks amazing! Thank you to Michele Henson for telling me about it!)
Tinker, Make, Innovate: http://www.theexploratory.com/
Make Zine: http://makezine.com/
Birds of Maine by Stan Tekiela (field guide): http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71?/tbirds%20of%20maine&search_scope=50/tbirds+of+maine/1%2C4%2C4%2CB/frameset&FF=tbirds+of+maine+field+guide&1%2C1%2C
"What's That Bird?" by Joseph Choiniere and Claire Mowbraw Golding
Website called "Birds of Maine": http://www.birdsofmaine.com/
"Everything You Never Learned About Birds: Lore and Legends, Science and Nature, Hands-on-Projects" by Rebecca Rupp
"What Bird Did That?" - http://www.amazon.com/What-Bird-Did-That-Drivers/dp/0898154278
"The Lives of Birds - Birds of the World and Their Behavior" by Lester L. Short
(Book from the American Museum of Natural History)
"The Lives of Whales and Dolphins" by Richard C. Connor, Ph.D. and Dawn Micklethwaite Peterson
(Book from the American Museum of Natural History)
Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Sarah Albee (She is the same author who wrote the book: "Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom Up"...search it by title if you look for it through Minerva as it didn't come up under the author's name for some reason. The Maine library system does have it.) Here is the link to Bugged:
"Along Came Galileo" by Jeanne Bendick
"The Kids' Summer Handbook" - lots of ideas and activities for all kinds of summer days.
Entertaining and interesting video - Neil deGrasse Tyson "How Smart are Animals?"
Facebook group: Central Maine Astronomical Society (get star party info here too plus lots of great information in general)
"GQ"= Galaxy Quest Observatory in Lincolnville
"DRA" = Damariscotta River Association Land Trust in Damariscotta
DATES -- All star parties are shown scheduled on Saturday nights, but may be moved to the Friday or Sunday, as the weather requires. In some cases, if an entire weekend is cloudy, it will be possible to move to the next weekend, to be announced as needed on a case-by-case basis.
TIMES -- Observing starts at the time shown. Arrive earlier to set up.
For events held before the new moon, moonrise times and percent fullness are shown. The Moon rises late enough not to disturb the parties.
The calendar includes several events of interest to CMAS, but sponsored by others.
Oct 18, DRA, 7:00
Oct 22, Baseball's World Series
Opening Night (Oct 24-26 unavailable)
Nov 22, BR, 7:00
Dec 13, BR, 7:00
Moonrise 61% 11:11pm
Peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower
Jan 17, 2015 DRA, 7:00
For those interested in astronomy in other parts of Maine:
Southern Maine Astronomers:
Astronomical Society of Northern New England (Kennebunk, ME):
Maine State Star Party: Will be on August 28/29th 2015.
Cobscook Bay State Park, Edmonds, Maine
Hosted by the Downeast Amateur Astronomers
Acadia Night Sky Festival (held annually in Sept)
Southworth Planetarium (Portland, ME):
(Right now, there is a new show called "Dinosaurs At Dusk." If you would like more information, check out the post on August 23rd on their facebook page about Questions and Answers to do with that particular show. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southworth-Planetarium/255483146252)
Videos about the symbols of physics and astronomy:
The Moon in My Room:
"And I have only one bit of advice. Get out of their way. Kids are born curious. Period. I don't care about your economic background. I don't care what town you're born in, what city, what country. If you're a child, you are curious about your environment. You're overturning rocks. You're plucking leaves off of trees and petals off of flowers, looking inside, and you're doing things that create disorder in the lives of the adults around you."
"And so then so what do adults do? They say, "Don't pluck the petals off the flowers. I just spent money on that. Don't play with the egg. It might break. Don't...." Everything is a don't. We spend the first year teaching them to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down."
"So you get out of their way. And you know what you do? You put things in their midst that help them explore. Help 'em explore. Why don't you get a pair of binoculars, just leave it there one day? Watch 'em pick it up. And watch 'em look around. They'll do all kinds of things with it."
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Various cheap or free programs (many kinds!) at Maine Wildlife Park or Swan's Island
PO Box 333 Damariscotta, ME 04543
110 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta 04543
DRA Fall/Winter Children's Programs 2014
As of May 2015, you can check their event calendar: http://www.damariscottariver.org/events/
These classes are held 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon the third Monday of each month (except September, October and January). Hike and nature journaling always included. Prepay for five classes and get a sixth class free. For ages 5 and up (younger may come).
Fee: $5.00/child. Call DRA to register.
September 29 - Insect Safari: Catch insects, learn about metamorphosis and life cycles.
October 13 - Wabanaki Living: Hands-on Wabanaki living skills with Passamaquoddy birch bark
artist David Moses Bridges. (Note: Special date. Choose one session: 10:00 a.m. -
Noon for ages 6-9 or 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. for ages 10+)
November 17 - Maine’s Mammals: Investigate skulls and skins and make a plaster track.
December 15 - Birds in Winter: Meet a live duck, discover how birds survive the cold weather.
January 12 - Animal Adaptations: Discover animals’ amazing survival adaptations.
February 16 - Outdoor Living Skills: Dogsledding and snow-shelter building.
Field Trip Opportunities at the Maine State Museum:
http://www.mainestatemuseum.org/learn/bug_maine-ia_and_maine_earth_science_day/ - September 11th 2012 - Bugmania and Earth Science Day on October 16th 2013 at the Maine State Museum. (Their website is usually updated with the current year's information sometime in August.)
***NEW*** Portland Science Center!
Should open sometime in August 2015 (or shortly thereafter)
Children's Discovery Museum (Augusta): http://www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.org/
Coastal Children's Museum (Rockland): http://www.coastalchildrensmuseum.org/Home.html
Maine Field Trips to do with animals:
Maine Wildlife Park, Gary, Maine: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/education/wildlifepark/
Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden, Southwest Harbor, Maine (has a butterfly release party each July): http://www.rhoadesbutterflygarden.org/index.html
Virtual Maine Field Trip
Project Puffin - Watch live video of Osprey's and Atlantic Puffins in their natural Maine habitat.
Audobon Kids Page: http://web4.audubon.org/educate/kids/
Boston Museum of Science: http://www.mos.org/
If you don't get to visit Maui and go on one of their fabulous cruises or snorkeling adventures, maybe it would be exciting to get some snail mail about sea turtles and whales from the island!
Diver Ed, Bar Harbor area: http://divered.com/
This is a cool program where you go out on a boat with Diver Ed who scuba dives and brings up interesting creatures from the sea. He wears a microphone and you can view him on a screen on the boat while he's below. He does it with enthusiasm and silliness! (Though can get carried away and be too much of a teaser in my opinion which is based on the one and only trip we went on in 2008.)
SeaSHOALS: Marine Science Education for Families http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_publiced_seashoals.html
- COLLECT intertidal organisms and OBSERVE their unique adaptations using state of the art lab equipment;
- GO cruising aboard a Shoals research vessel to learn about Harbor and Grey seals on nearby Duck Island;
- STROLL along the trails of Appledore to explore the resident seabirds, and witness, first-hand, all the quirky and fascinating behaviors of Herring and Greater Black-backed Gulls;
- DELVE into the history and lore of the Isles of Shoals archipelago.
Carol Steingart: President, Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA)
Marla Jones: Teacher, Advanced Studies Program @ St. Paul's School; and Merrimack, NH High School
Alyssa Lyon: Environmental Educator, Yarmouth, Maine
Tracy Kane: NH's own "fairy house" artist and author. Tracy will lead a fairy house building workshop in one of Appledore's coves made famous by American Impressionist, Childe Hassam!
Family Quests (this one in Rockland Harbor in Rockland, ME): http://www.georgesriver.org/quests/
This quest is in South Bristol, ME: https://sites.google.com/a/aos93.org/5-8-math-science/home/quests
ph: 207-315-2567 ext. 107
Note: In early 2013, I spoke with Valerie regarding homeschooling tours. She said that because of getting so many requests lately and because it has been difficult to find a scientist available to lead the tours, it is best to go on the public tours during the open houses in the summer. In addition, the public tours are planned events with many scientists and will have more to offer in general.
Bigelow's link to other sites -
Opportunity for Maine high school juniors to become involved with ocean science research for one week (in May) through the The Keller Bloom program at Bigelow Labs: http://www.bigelow.org/education/keller-bloom/
Darling Marine Center, Walpole, ME
If you are interested, contact the center regarding current homeschooling programs: http://www.dmc.maine.edu/
Make Your Own Robot: http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/real-robots.html
Starting your own team: http://maine.vexevents.org/node/14
Maine Robotics Camp: http://www.mainerobotics.org/camps.html
Science/building/tinkering related projects:
Einstein's Workshop (In Massachusetts) - An "amazing space for kids to explore the creative side of science, technology, engineering, and math." This place looks so cool that I signed up for their emails in case something stands out as a not to miss opportunity (even though it is far away) or gives one of us ideas:
Make: Weekend Projects: http://makezine.com/the-weekend-projects/
Sergei Boutenko's new book - Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipies: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B3GLO46/ref=pe_174270_30874570_nrn_lm
Sergi's rap song - "Don't Eat Something If You Don't Know What It Is":
"Wild Plants of Maine A Useful Guide" by Tom Seymour - Tom occasionally does presentations at nature centers and libraries as well as nature walks. http://wildplantsofmaine.com/
A Maine author of plants and medicinals to check out (thanks Erik DaSilva!): http://www.arthurhaines.com/books/
We do have "Wildcraft," an herbal adventure game which was created by the makers of Herb Fairies. If you are interested in it, watch for a sale as the price gets reduced periodically.
"Kids Can Grow" 4H program in Maine (see below for 4H contact info)
The info below on rock/fossil hunting and gold panning is from this site: http://www.mainefamilies.org/activities.html (click on family activities and scroll way down and click on Franklin County to open up a word document about rocks and fossil hunting and gold panning in Maine.).
(Saw this link suggested on a "My unschooler is interested in" facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/383815885025681/permalink/522028864537715/)
If anyone is interested in watching science podcasts specific to a specific area (anatomy, chemistry, phisiology, earth science, statistics and graphing, etc) click on link here http://www.bozemanscience.com/ then go to videos to see what is available.
Maine 4-H Programs:
If you would like to become involved with a 4-H program, you can contact your local 4-H office to find out what groups are available (and maybe ask what age ranges belong to the groups as well). http://extension.umaine.edu/county-offices/
Tanglewood 4H Camp and Learning Center at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove
Tanglewood is located in the mid-coast area of Maine just off of route 1 north of Lincolnville Beach. Tanglewood offers homeschool programs and both Tanglewood and Blueberry cove offer summer camps. Staff may also be available to come to an outside location to do programs (for a fee).
Contact person: Patricia Chapman, Administrative Assistant at University of Maine Cooperative Extension. http://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/ phone: 207-789-5868
Mark The Date On Your Calendar (if you'd like):
In late July, there may be a Butterfly Release at Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden - Check this site to see when it is happening this year.
In early September, the Camden Public Library hosts a Midcoast Mini Maker Faire. Inquire at the library 207-236-3440. Here are former links that might have some information.
What is it about? http://midcoastmakerfaire.com/about-2/
Merryspring Nature Center has ongoing family programs and events: http://www.merryspring.org/Education/Free%20Family%20Programs/free%20programs.html
2015 Tuesday (noon) Talk Series (check it out - lots of different topics): http://www.merryspring.org/Calendar/tuesday%20talks.html
Camden Area Nature Walk to Take Place at Merryspring Nature Center
February 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Interested in learning about birds, trees, flowers, insects, animal tracks and other areas of natural history? Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Camden Conservation Commission have teamed up to co-sponsor monthly natural history walks in the Camden area. Walks usually take place on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Participants will meet in front of the office building. We will likely focus on animal tracks and signs and winter tree identification. Snowshoes may be helpful, but not essential, if there is a recent snowstorm.
Advance registration is not necessary. To learn more and to find notices of location, last minute changes and/or cancellation, visit Coastal Mountains Land Trust's Events Calendar page at www.coastalmountains.org or Merryspring's website.
Participants should come prepared for an outdoor excursion, easy to moderate in pace. Please leave dogs at home. The walks will be facilitated by area naturalist Roger Rittmaster and will encourage experts and amateurs to discuss and share their knowledge of natural history. For more information about the Land Trust please visit www.coastalmountains.org or call (207) 236-7091.
Bug Maine-ia at the Maine State Museum:
It is over for this year (2014), but keep this in mind for next September-usually a Wednesday in mid-September from 9am-3pm.
The museum will be abuzz with insects of all kinds, from honeybees to walking sticks! Entomologists, environmental educators, foresters, and others will be on hand to guide you and your students through the expansive, yet often itsy-bitsy world of insects. Come explore the many fascinating ways that bugs affect our lives!
Earth Science Day at the Maine State Museum:
Wed 10/15/2014 9am - 3pm
Homeschool Mondays at Tanglewood:
- Ages 5 – 8 and 9-12 will be in separate groups with a maximum of 8 participants per group
- 9 am-2 pm each day
- Cost: $240 per child for the (8) day program
- Click here to register (choose special programming) — deadline is Friday, September 5th*
- Call (207) 789-5868 or e-mail email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
- Print parent packet or request one be mailed on your registration form.
- FAQ Sheet & Packing List
For those who are looking for a religious Nature Study program - A Camden homeschooling mom (Raylene Hunt) runs a "nature study" program and would be thrilled to share her love of nature with others. She is also offering to coach parents on how they could do their own nature study programs with their kids or run their own nature study groups. She is offering a 1 day workshop and ongoing support via phone/email. Here is her website if you'd like to check it out. http://creationexploration.jimdo.com/