Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Stripped-Down Motor

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #8, and the final in the series. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Straw Oboe

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #7. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Rig a Rocketship

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #6. Continue reading

Nintendo Gives Us the Greens of Summer

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In my house, at least, this has definitely been a Nintendo summer. Starting with the June release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf – and yes, I’m still playing that one – the Big N touched off a string of high profile releases rooted in the company’s rich history of fun first-party offerings, with each reflecting the vibrant color palette of the season. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Surprising Structures

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #5. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Your Dear Old Mummy

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #4. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: The Rainbow Explosion

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #3. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Black Magic

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #2. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Buzz Like a Bee

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #1. Continue reading

Beat the Heat With This DIY Slip ‘n’ Slide

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When I was a kid, I remember building a homemade Slip ‘n’ Slide with my friends to have some outdoor fun on a hot summer day. We’d usually cut up a number of black garbage bags and try to overlap them to create a good run. Then turn a sprinkler or two on them, and get busy. Continue reading