Mar. 27, 2014

About the Science Club

by SciFri Staff

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SciFri’s Science Club challenges you to go out, do science, and share it with others. Sometimes you’ll make or build something. Other times you’ll investigate a question that experts might not even know how to answer. Using e-mail or social media, share your discoveries with other participants over the course of the month, then tune in to Science Friday to hear our panel of experts highlight the most interesting, significant, and unique findings or creations. Science Club is open to any interested individual, lab, institution, club, school, student, educator, or organization. As we see and receive new project posts, we’ll feature them here.
 
Science Club: Machine Art
 
Science Club: Observe Everything
 
FAQs and Helpful Links
How do I do this safely?
The best practice for any kind of experimentation is to wear protective clothing and safety goggles, work in a well-lit and well-ventilated area, avoid hazardous materials and high voltages, and carefully read and follow the safety information that comes with any materials or tools you use. Please refrain from using or involving live animals in your projects, and be lawful in your pursuits.
 
What social media tools can I use to share my project?
Use any of the following social media tools. Be sure to include the hashtag for that specific project, so we can find your stuff!
Twitter – Tweet a picture or video  @SciFri 
Facebook – Post a picture or video to your timeline 
Instagram – Instagram a picture or video 
Vine – Post a vine of your project
Pinterest – Post a picture of your project 
YouTube – Upload a video of your project 
Email – Send a picture or video to scienceclub[at]sciencefriday.com
 
Check out our Projects Policy here.
 
 
History of Science Club
For our inaugural Science Club challenge in March 2014 we worked with The Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium museum in California. The Exploratorium is a 21st century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place for all ages to explore and tinker. For more than 40 years, the Exploratorium has built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning. The Tinkering Studio is an immersive, active, creative place inside of the Exploratorium where museum visitors can slow down, become deeply engaged in an investigation of scientific phenomena, and make something. They really know their stuff. For more DIY ideas, check out The Art of Tinkering, by Tinkering Studio gurus Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich.

 

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