Week of March 5, 2017
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What are the primary causes of weight gain?
Diet and genes
Physical inactivity and lack of sleep
All of the above

What percentage of the planet’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon rainforest?
20 percent
40 percent
60 percent

Why is having a mentor important for success with a science fair project?
Explain difficult concepts
Help troubleshoot your experiment
All of the above

The Nutrition Source

Healthy PlateLearn more about healthy living at Harvard University’s Nutrition Source, hsph.harv
, a science-based resource for all your food questions. Did you know that potatoes and french fries have a negative effect on blood sugar? Kid’s Healthy Eating Plate describes each food group and helps you identify the best nutrients. For instance, the label “whole grain” does not necessarily mean healthy; you need to read labels carefully to be sure. Are you eating the right snacks? A variety of fruits and vegetables has been proven to help prevent heart disease and some cancers.

Play Word Frog
Word Frog

Save the Rainforest

Rain forestThe Rainforest Alliance, rainforest-alliance.org/kids, is committed to building healthy forests and productive communities. Read Ten Easy Ways Kids Can Help Save Rainforests to find out what you can do. Did you know that more than 60 percent of the world’s plant and animal species call the rainforest home? Climb into the Virtual Treehouse to see the forest up close. Track common foods like coffee, chocolate and bananas from the forest to your table. Did you know that the rainforest has four layers of life? Play Jewels of the Earth and try to put the plants and animals in the correct layers.

Awesome Science Projects

Science FairDid you know that science fairs aren’t just for school? Google Science Fair, google
, is open to individual students and teams between ages 13 and 18, who compete to win prizes such as scholarships and travel opportunities. Read the details in Competition Overview. Are you having trouble selecting a project? In Participants, use the Make Better Generator to narrow your search based on your interests. Whether you decide to compete in Google’s next contest or a school fair, Judging criteria shows you what science fairs look for. In For Teachers and Mentors, learn how to turn a question into a project idea.

Speak Out

Have you ever entered a science fair?

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Ready for the Science Fair

One of the most challenging aspects of entering a science fair is coming up with a great idea for a project. It’s fun to find something that is not only unique, but also a project you will enjoy working on from start to finish.

Fortunately, there are many terrific websites designed to help you choose a grade-appropriate project based on your interests. Here are a few sites you should check out:

Science Fair Project Ideas

Science Buddies

Science Kids

Science Fair Adventure


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