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Use Your Brain At The Action Potential Lab


There’s a new a space in town which aims to bring your inner science nerd and art geek together. The Action Potential Lab – Toronto’s first art and science lab – celebrated their grand opening this weekend with a bash that included a kid-focussed DJ-spin table, a chance to microscope anything-you-can-think-of onto a projector, crayon melting and magnetic… Read More »

Salt Experiment - how salt affects ice

How Salt Affects Ice — and Our City


This collection of easy science activities making the rounds pointed me to this super fun science demonstration using ice and salt. It’s the perfect thing to do with the boys now that Toronto is in the deep freeze (again). After all, we have seen a lot of ice and a lot of salt lately. “What do… Read More »

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Science Experiment: Separate The Dyes in a Marker


What do you do when you’re stuck inside the house with two kids, one mom and three sinus colds during the most bitterly cold January ever? Science, of course! We stumbled upon this experiment, which was simple enough that we had everything needed (paper towel, markers, bowl and water) in the house already — and challenging enough… Read More »

Young Scientists

Catch the Next Wave: Frontiers in Neuroscience – For Kids!


Do your kids ever ask you questions that you just can’t answer? Or perhaps questions that you’d like to answer just a little more scientifically? It happens to me all the time. For example, this one: “Why do I have to go to bed?” Sometimes I want to answer, “Because I say so – and because… Read More »

Convince Your Kids to Wash Their Hands

Bill Nye Will Convince Your Kids to Wash Their Hands


The bonkers temperature fluctuations of the past week have brought about the expected result: the first cold of the season. It coincides with another Cold War of sorts: I’m trying to convince the two-year-old he needs to wash his hands. Time and again I patiently explain that the germs from the streetcar seat, or the… Read More »

50 Science Mistakes

50 Science Mistakes Parents Make


Okay, so it’s really happening. The kids are about to head out the door and there’s no denying the gentler pace of summer holidays is done for. I don’t know what you were doing in the sandbox all summer, but I was burying Triceratops and Brontosauruses aplenty. Oh hey, parents born in the 1970s —… Read More »


Gorgeous Eggs from Heritage Breeds – NO DYE!


We just can’t even wrap our brains around the existence of these eggs.   We first stumbled upon these eggs – so to speak – when a Bunch reader from Fergus posted some on Facebook noting, “This is not Photoshop, folks! They actually look like this.” Take a deep look at these pastel-hued multicoloured beauties.… Read More »

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Meet ‘Doctor Mad Science’ Jordan Hilkowitz


Like Science? It’s fair to say 11-year old Jordan Hilkowitz loves it. His babysitter Tracy Leparulo remembers the pulley systems he made — as a four-year-old — using string, a basket and clips which ran in his house from the upstairs to the downstairs. A year later Jordan, who has autism, started to speak. After spending years exploring the… Read More »

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Science Fair: It’s an Awesome Thing


An awesome new album that also supports girls in science Yesterday, we informed you of the horribly misguided “Science: It’s a Girl Thing!” campaign that employs makeup and shoes to try to compel female interest in science. It basically knocked the wind right out of us, it was so sexist and dumb. Today, thankfully, we are happy to be breathing a lovely sigh… Read More »

science it's a girl thing

“Science: It’s a Girl Thing!” Campaign Totally Backfires


Do we really need to do this to sell science to girls? Last time we checked, science was an entire field of knowledge that didn’t need to be distilled into a 53 second advertisement directed at girls. Wait a minute. Scratch that. Last time we checked science was an entire field of knowledge that had, in… Read More »

learn science by making slime. Polymer Power!

Learn About Science by Making Slime


School is officially back in session, and we’ve got the best way to get your brains back in shape: make slime! Using science! Connor, the 16-year-old entrepreneur behind Connor’s Kits for Kids, mailed us his Polymer Power kit, and we’re pretty stoked to try it. It’s just one of four kits you can buy from… Read More »


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