Category Archives: Kids

Around The World | January 2018

While the gold found in North America was usually in the form of dust or very fine grains, it was commonplace in Australia to find nuggets of gigantic size and value. The largest of these, the “Holtermann Nugget,” weighed more than 600 pounds (290 kg)!

In America, a common form of gold mining was called […]

Nasa Space Place | January 2018

The United States had a rough hurricane season this year. Scientists collect information before and during hurricanes to understand the storms and help people stay safe. However, collecting information during a violent storm is
very difficult.

Hurricanes are constantly changing. This means that we need a lot of really precise data about the storm. […]

Weather | January 2018

Are you interested in actually participating in the science? Well, citizen science may just be for you! Citizen science is a form of open collaboration in which anyone can take part in the scientific process to address real-world problems. You can help by taking real-time weather observations, alerting officials about severe or winter weather occurring […]

Cultural Connections | January 2018

Charles Christian Nahl

Charles Christian Nahl was born in Germany in 1818. He studied as an artist in Germany, but when his family moved to New York, they got caught up in the gold rush. In 1851, they sold many of their belongings and joined the thousands of people who moved to California to try […]

Come Out & Play | Quoits

Some sources suggest that Quoits is a variation of the ancient game of discus throwing that the Greeks and Romans enjoyed. It was played at the first Olympiad and was considered a martial sport because it could be used as a weapon. The game as it is currently played can be traced back to medieval […]

Where In The World | January 2018

California and Colorado California

California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. The first Europeans in California were the Spanish explorers who arrived in the 16th century. In 1821, Mexico gained its independence from Spain and had control of California. Many cities in California still have Spanish names. In fact, […]

Wildville | Elk

Elk are a species of deer common in the United States and Canada. They are the second-largest species of deer in the world; the largest is the moose. Male elk are called bulls, and females are called cows. The bulls are usually larger than the cows. The average cow weighs 500 pounds, and the average […]

Kidsville Connections | Gold Rush

It’s sparkly and shiny – and valuable. Gold played a vital role in America’s growth as a nation. In fact, it changed the course of our history. Have you ever heard of the gold rush? There were actually two of them.

The first one started in California in 1848. A large gold nugget was found […]

Conservation Corner | December 2017

Did You Know?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste refers to electronic products that have finished their useful life. Televisions, computers, tablets, audio and stereo equipment, cameras and mobile phones all qualify as e-waste when their usefulness has expired. Many people are unaware of how to safely dispose of such items, and simply […]

Christmas Around The World

When we think about exploring other cities or countries, we often compare our lives to the lives of people who live in these other places. Are they similar or different to us in values, entertainment or tastes?

Close your eyes and think about December. What do you see in your mind’s eye? Maybe you see […]