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Water on Mars!

This has been a week of amazing space news! First we had the supermoon eclipse on Sunday night. Did you see it? If not, you can see pictures of it at NASA’s flickr stream.

And then yesterday, NASA announced that evidence of flowing water had been discovered on Mars. If you’ve had to google anything today, you might have heard about this.

Dark streaks on the surface of Mars are made from flowing water.
Photo credit: NASA
Supermoons Don't Wear Capes

A total eclipse of the moon is a special event, but when paired with a supermoon, it’s even more amazing!

A 2011 supermoon rising over the Lincoln Memorial.
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redits: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Maker Space Project: Design a Chair!

Have you joined the maker movement?

Two friends make a wooden airplane in 1942. Makers before there was
a maker movement!

Makers have been around as long as humans. That curious instinct that drove early humans to discover fire, figure out how to control it, and invent tools to make life easier is the same curious instinct that drives kids to make their own doorbells, flashlights, video games, robots, clothing, and skateboards!

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Mobius Strip?

To get to the same side!

A strip of paper connected into a half loop is one of the most intriguing shapes you’ll ever encounter! For such a seemingly simple shape, it has some amazing qualities. For example, it has only one side. What?! How is that possible?

Discover Homo Naledi

The human family tree got a little bigger last week! Scientists discovered pieces of 15 different skeletons in a cave in South Africa that belong to a new species of human ancestor that has been named homo naledi.

 

Using 3-D imagery, researchers can make a model of the complete skull of homo naledi.

ART BY STEFAN FICHTEL. SOURCES: LEE BERGER AND PETER SCHMID, WITS; JOHN HAWKS, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON 

Build a Maker Space in Your Classroom, Library, or Homeschool!

All over the country, kids are going back to school! This year, immerse your kids in a true hands-on experience by creating a maker space in your classroom, library or homeschool.

A maker space encourages kids to use logic, solve problems, and feel empowered!
Look Up! And Down! Astronomy Sites for Kids

Does your kid love to stargaze? It's a great moment when kids look up and around and discover that the universe is a really huge place. It's such a huge place that it can be intimidating. Luckily, there's an app for that!

 A giant cluster of stars, taken by the Hubble space telescope 

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