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Quirky curious

From some of the quirkiest minds inside the Little Scientists team come some personal insights into experiencing and exploring STEM in the world around you. With this collection of curious facts and observations, we aim to inspire you to find STEM in the everyday.

Magnetism: What will you attract?

Posted on November 11th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

magnet with nuts , bolts and washers stuck to it

You know we love talking about magnets. But it’s quite the polarising topic…
If you are attracted by magnets, we encourage you to dive right in and explore what they can do with the children while introducing some new STEM vocabulary…

Exploring nature with children: Wayfinding sticks

Posted on October 28th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

Children holding DIY Wayfinder sticks

Are you looking for new ways to experience nature with children? It is amazing what you can find along the way and how you can train your observation and orientation skills by creating wayfinding sticks…

Science: Stating the obvious

Posted on October 3rd, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

Red apple on tree

Discussion of the why is often the step that people skip, rushing on to the next experiment, looking for the next big explosion, what happens when, … but not getting to or staying with the ‘why does it happen?’ That’s the crucial bit. It crops up time and time again in some of the world’s greatest discoveries. So Isaac Newton is one of the world’s greatest scientists, not because he carried out great experiments but because, when observing a phenomenon in everyday life, he asked why…

Shape spotting: Triangles and pylons

Posted on September 25th, 2019 in the category(s) Quirky curious

Mosaic pattern

Coming from the word tri, meaning ‘three’ – think tricycle, triplets, triceratops (three horns) – and the word angle, its name describes exactly what it is. This beautiful shape can be spotted everywhere. It’s a game I like to play with my children when we are waiting for something. How many squares can you spot? How many circles? But the common triangle is always one of the easiest…

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