Hilltown Families

Baystate Frankiln Medical Center Presents … Blood & Guts: A Hands-On Science Learning Experience On Friday, October 15th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, the Sunderland Public Library (20 School St.) will...

Firefly Watch! Citizen Science Project Thursdays through August 5th in the Berkshires Fireflies are faithful harbingers of summer, but are they disappearing? If so, then why? Help scientists answer these questions...

Bioblitz in the Berkshires Friday & Saturday, June 4th-5th in Pittsfield, MA Celebrating the United Nation’s “Year of Biodiversity,” the Berkshire Museum is holding Berkshire County’s first BioBlitz in Pittsfield State...

Bioblitz in the Pioneer Valley Saturday, June 5th in Springfield, MA What is a Bioblitz? A bioblitz is a 24 hour event to find, identify, and record as many species as...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Can anyone recommend a science summer camp in Western MA for grade school kids (2010)? Roberta Fortini-Curran writes: Williams College runs one for 5th graders, week long program,...

Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, May 7th, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. The program...

Jamie Bishop of Plainfield, MA writes: My son and I are Hoffmann Bird Club members, but we have also joined Allen Bird Club and Hampshire Bird Club. Because we live in...

Amy Najimy of Western Mass writes: The kids and I found this cool website from the San Diego Zoo. They have webcams and several informative and interesting videos to watch about...

National Science and Engineering Competition for Third to Sixth Graders Created by Jim Metzner and funded by a four-year grant from The National Science Foundation, the Kids’ Science Challenge will continue...

100 Links (October/November 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

The Chemistry of Candles Did you realize modern candle wicks are a marvel of engineering? A professor at the University of Nottingham takes a look at candle chemistry in this special...

100 Links (August/September 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Frogs: A Chorus of Color at the Berkshire Museum This week we went to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Following a wonderful production of Wind in the Willows by Berkshire...

100 Links (June/July 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body Springfield Science Museum through September 6th, 2009 Grossology is based on a popular series of books by science teacher Sylvia Branzei. The exhibit...

Robert Krampf’s Experiment of the Week: FEATHERS One of the most complex body coverings, feathers are truly amazing things.

Wow! That’s Engineering! In order to encourage teen girls in grades 8-10 (but girls slightly outside age range are welcome) across the country to become involved with engineering and technology, the...

Ratios as a Sweet Treat! By CISA As one of his first orders of business, CISA’s new Executive Director, Phil Korman, has offered to share a maple syrup-based math lesson that...

Young Scientist Challenge for Middle School Students Do you know a middle school student (grade 5-8) who is eager to explore the wonders of science? Research shows that science test scores...

Junior Solar Sprint Teachers and home-schoolers, this is your chance to get your middle-school students engaged in science, technology, creativity and teamwork in order to meet real world energy challenges: What:...

Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns Here is a quick video (>30 seconds) both kids and parents find interesting.  Through time lapsed imagery, this video shows what happens to a carved pumpkin over the course...

THE SCIENCE OF FLAME COLOR By Robert Krampf Have you ever wondered why some flames are yellow, while others are blue?

WEB REVIEW:  Arboretum Plant Photo Gallery: Fall Foliage This fall foliage collection includes photographs, an explanation of the science of autumn leaf color, and a list of selected plants that provide...

Families, educators and youth groups can empower kids to do something about global warming and other problems associated with burning fossil fuels by taking the first step in learning about it...

In order for you to see a rainbow, the sunlight must enter the raindrop, pass through it, and hit the far side. It then reflects back through the water drop to...

Chemical of the Week: Fireworks This explanation of the chemistry of fireworks discusses the compounds that produce specific colors of fireworks, the production and ignition of fireworks, the reactions (oxidations and...

Milk contains proteins. These proteins are long, string-like molecules that form a network in the bubble reducing its surface tension. Less surface tension lets the bubbles last longer, making it easier...

Nature Watching by Robert Krampf I have been an avid bird watcher for many years. When I first got started, I spent most of my time bird spotting, trying to add...

Earth Day on BrainPop Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, but BrainPop is celebrating our home planet all month with a free mini-site showcasing movies about the environment and...

Bug Watching It appears that my daughter is not alone with her fascination with insects. Along with several comments, I also received the following suggested activity from one of our loyal...