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Are all viruses bad?
Learn more about how scientists are using viruses then see if you can tell if they are harmful or not just by looking at them.    View Details »

Key Concepts: biology, viruses

Can humans survive at high altitudes?
Learn about the difficulties of humans surviving at high altitudes then compare how long it takes you to walk a mile to climbers in the "death zone" on Mount Everest. Next find the nearest high altitude spots to where you live.    View Details »

Key Concepts: Everest, mountains, math, weather, climate

China and dinosaurs: what's the connection?
Learn about why MSU students traveled to China to study dinosaurs and about dinosaurs in Chinese culture. Try to write the word dinosaur in Chinese.    View Details »

Key Concepts: dinosaurs, biology, paleontology, China, linguistics

Do animals have their own language?
Learn about animal communication then try analyzing real sound patterns made by a dolphin.    View Details »

Key Concepts: dolphin, biology, communication

How can we find out if aliens exist?
Discover how we might search for life on other planets then build a scale model of the solar system to get a sense of how far we might have to travel.    View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, extremeophiles, solar system

How do insects communicate?
Learn about how insects communicate then see if you can direct someone to a hidden prize using a pretend insect language.    View Details »

Key Concepts: insects, ecology, biology, communication

How much water can a penny hold?
Try two quick hands-on activities to learn about surface tension and materials that repel and attract water.    View Details »

Key Concepts: water, surface tension, hydrophobic, hydrophilic

Is a career in exteme science for you?
Take a short quiz to see if a career doing science research in extreme environments might be for you.    View Details »

Key Concepts: STEM career

Is it a solid or a liquid?
Learn about polymers and make Oobleck.    View Details »

Key Concepts: polymers

Is Moon dirt different than Earth dirt?
Discover the differences between Moon dirt and Earth dirt then make your own.    View Details »

Key Concepts: Moon, space, robots

Is there life in ice?
Learn about whether there is life in ice then examine what happens to some kinds of cells when they are frozen and experiment with how to make ice melt faster.    View Details »

Key Concepts: biology, astrobiology, climate

What are algae?
Learn what algae are, why they are important, then grow some of your own and experiment on what will make it grow better.    View Details »

Key Concepts: microbes, energy

What are insects?
Learn how scientists define what an insect is then make an insect journal and see what you discover.    View Details »

Key Concepts: insects, biology

What are microbes?
Learn what microbes are and then design your own.    View Details »

Key Concepts: microbes, Yellowstone, extremophiles, biology, ecology

What is a geyser?
Learn what a geyser is then try building your own.    View Details »

Key Concepts: geyser, Yellowstone, volcano, geology

What is a glacier?
Find out what a glacier is then make your own model of a glacier with play dough and ice cubes.    View Details »

Key Concepts: glacier, ice, climate, geology

What is a rock?
Learn what a rock is and how scientists classify them. Next become a rock detective and unlock the secrets of rocks in your backyard or schoolyard.    View Details »

Key Concepts: geology, Everest

What is a tornado?
Learn what a tornado is and then make one of your own.    View Details »

Key Concepts: tornado, weather, climate

What is an atom?
Learn what an atom is then see if you can identify the parts of an atom.    View Details »

Key Concepts: atom, molecular

What is an endangered species?
Learn about how scientists define endangered species then find out what species are endangered in your state. Next download endangered species cards and play a game. Lastly, match endangered species from the Himalayas with the fact that describes...    View Details »

Key Concepts: ecology, Everest