I'm always on the lookout for ways to get my three kids interested in science--any kind of science. My 13-year-old daughter has a penchant for fantasy novels and dream interpretation (ack!), her 10-year-old sister loves biographies and animals (slightly more promising), and my 8-year-old son is currently fascinated with weapons and explosions. Him I know I can lure in (at least for now) with the lastest video from The Kid Should See This - a cool new-to-me website devoted to short, intelligent videos likely to appeal to both kids and parents. According to the description on the site:
There's just so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven't seen. It's most likely not stuff that was made for them...
But we don't underestimate kids around here.
In this video, professor Roy Lowry, PhD, of Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, demonstrates just what happens when you put a tightly closed bottle of liquid nitrogen into a bath of warm water. With, of course, 1500 ping pong balls. The results are both loud and messy. My Griffin is going to love it.
(If explosions aren't your thing, check out this video. It's a surprisingly touching story of a boy and his toy train, and a father who sends the toy into space. Now all I need is a 4-year-old. And a weather balloon...)