Hilltown Families

MICROWAVE CHOCOLATE by Robert Krampf Combine science and chocolate to learn about how microwave ovens work. This week’s experiment turned into a two parter.  It started out as one experiment, but...

Cloud Rover Observers Wanted As Citizen Scientists What shapes do you see in the clouds?  There may be rabbits, eggs, vines, airplanes, and shoes… and no matter what you see in...

JellyWatch! Heading to the ocean this summer?  While you’re there, exploring the sand, rocks, and waves, spend some time being a Citizen Scientist!  Check the beach for jellyfish, squid, and other...

Original Short Videos Aim to Fuel K-12 Students’ Interest in STEM Well-known education resource Khan Academy, a web site offering video-based learning to students, sparked a small revolution in the utilization...

Passport to Chemistry Adventure Experiment with science at home, and work towards a chance to participate in a special chemistry adventure day at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Families...

Robert Krampf’s Experiment of the Week:  THE BULLROARER This week’s experiment is an old one, but a fun one. The basic concept of the Bullroarer can be found in the distant...

Everyone has a question. What’s yours? Google Science Fair 2012 Calling all curious kids!  Google is hosting their own science fair for kids ages 13-18!  Students who enter are asked to...

KidWind & Green Dollhouse Challenge at the Western MA Science & Sustainability Expo This May, Greenfield Community College will be hosting the first annual Western Massachusetts Science and Sustainability Exposition. The...

Robert Krampf’s Experiment of the Week: SOLAR POWER Visiting the world’s largest solar power plants to explore reflection and refraction. Video:  Solar Power

My Top 10 Tips on Setting Technology Limit Many parents are unsure of how and when to set limits on technology use for their children (and themselves).  I believe this is...

Bird Count at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield There have been lots of opportunities lately to become a Citizen Scientist and assist with bird population counts!  Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count and Bald...

Technology, Art and Kids I sometimes hear concerns from parents about technology and their children.  Are they too young to use computers?  Are they using technology too much?  What I have...

Bald Eagle Count Along with Audubon’s December Christmas Bird Count comes a second opportunity to participate as a citizen scientist while observing bird populations in your area.  The Massachusetts Department of...

Beneski Museum of Natural History Home of the World’s Largest Collection of Dinosaur Tracks Did you know that the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks is housed at Amherst College in...

National Audubon’s 112th Annual Christmas Bird Count National Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) takes place from December 14th through January 5th.  Add some outdoor adventure and wildlife observations to your...

Creative Play With Lego Robots Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners are natural engineers. They love sand castles, blocks, fairy houses, and other projects that support their creative, fantasy play.  We support this...

Sacrifice Your Kids Halloween Candy in the Name of Science! Wondering what to do with the three pounds of candy your kids will be bringing home Halloween night?  How about SCIENCE...

Robert Krampf’s Experiment of the Week: Bird on a Wire How can birds sit on power lines without getting shocked?

As You’d Expect, Hurricane Irene Drastically Altered Local River Ecology Kurt Heidinger, Executive Director of Biocitizen School of Westhampton, MA writes: The past Wednesday afternoon, Biocitizen teamed up with Hilltown Families...

Molecular Playground: Architectural Scale Interactive Molecules at the Springfield Museums Have you ever reached out and touched a protein molecule? How about a single particle of the flu vaccine? Now you...

UMass Science Quest Saturday, October 15th, 2011 UMass hosts Science Quest on Saturday, October 15th from 9:30am-3:30pm! Science Quest is an opportunity for high school students to visit the college’s campus...

Hilltown Families Event Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Scientist Wednesday, October 12th @ 3:30pm West Branch of the Westfield River For the second year in a row, Hilltown Families will be partnering with...

Family-Science Hunt for Micrometeorites Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket… for real! Falling stars, also known as micrometeorites, fall to Earth quite frequently (over 22,000 tons worth...

If you have never made butter, these instructions may sound strange, but trust me, it works wonderfully. The first thing to do is to let the cream sit on the counter,...

100 Links (Spring/Summer 2011) Nearly every day we add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

2nd  Annual BioBlitz in Berkshire County: Scientists and Neighbors Working Together to Survey Local Biodiversity In celebration of local biodiversity, Berkshire Museum is holding Berkshire County’s second annual BioBlitz at Mt....

Science & Innovation Fair in the Berkshires The First Annual Science and Innovation Fair, featuring the work of over 100 student-scientists from Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School, will be...

Citizen Scientists Wanted to Participate in Mass Audubon’s Focus on Feeders Weekend February 5th & 6th, 2011 Families in western MA are invited to take part in the Mass Audubon’s free...

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly The Springfield Science Museum will have the special exhibit Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, on view from January 15 through May 22, 2011. The world’s...

Kurt Heidinger, Executive Director of Biocitizen School of Westhampton, MA writes: How many times have you looked at a river thinking, how beautiful—and pulled out your camera to capture the swells...