Continuing what we started in 2017, our #SummerOfScience Initiative is back and better than ever for 2018! This summer, we want you to get hands-on with science and have fun learning about the universe. Check out some of our projects below!


Last summer we had the Solar Viewer in a box project, so we are starting this year with another box project! This handy projects helps kids learn about the moon phase cycle and how to tell the difference between the phases by giving physical representations to each of them. Plus, it is super simple to make, with the most difficult piece of the project to find being the ping pong ball. Click here to download our project! This project was made in collaboration with Ellie and Edmond, so be sure to check out their page to learn about how the moon impacts animal life here on Earth!  

Retired Spacecraft Checklist:

Have you ever wanted to see the Apollo 11 capsule or the shuttle from your favorite STS mission, but weren't sure where it was? If so, our Retired Spacecraft Checklist is just right for you! On the list, you can see all of the retired spacecraft and the museum they are currently located in. From the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., to the California Science Center in LA, California, the museums all across America have spacecraft for you to see. There is even one London! How many have you seen? How many can you check off this summer? You can download your own checklist by clicking here and be sure to share your progress with us using the #SummerOfScience tag on Instagram!

solar viewers:

Nowadays we use special filters to view solar eclipses, but those haven't always been around. Scientists used to use a "camera obscura" to indirectly view the projection of solar eclipses. These usually were the size of an entire room, but you can make a smaller, more portable version using a cereal box. Get the plans here! Remember to share photos with us using #SummerOfScience. Happy viewing!