Grow Your Own Groovy Green Roof

Photograph of a hydroponic green roof made of sponges with green sprouts on top.

Did you know you can grow plants without soil? Hydroponics uses water and a growth medium to grow plants. NASA has been researching how to use hydroponics in space. The theme for our October subscription box, Water Works, is about how a future Mars Colony could grow their own food hydroponically. This investigation is all about making your own space …

Groovy Hydroponic Gardens Around the World

The advantages of hydroponic growing gardens and farms are gaining interest around the world.  Hydroponic gardens use less water than traditional farming, are environmentally friendly, and produce more plants, fruits and vegetables.  Also, they require less space and use less energy. The hydroponic method of growing can be accomplished through vertical gardens on urban rooftops, in closed domes and greenhouses, …

Groovy Earthquake Proof Skyscrapers

  “An earthquake is such fun when it is over.” – George Orwell A long time ago, our ancestors believed earthquakes to be the act of the Gods. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, was the first to realise that earthquakes were more than an act of the Gods. To this day, STEMists continue to tame the devastating effects earthquakes have on …

6 Kid-Friendly U.S. Aviation Museums

“I was sold on flying as soon as I had a taste for it.” – John Glenn Many young STEMists are curious about flight – whether they are watching how a bird flies or making a paper airplane that floats around the room. As you think about your summer vacation plans, consider visiting one of the many aviation museums around the …

Groovy Ice Sculptures

Elsa, the ice princess of the Disney movie, Frozen, creates a fantastically spectacular ice castle with a grand staircase and chandelier ice sculpture.  There is magic in making ice sculptures, but it’s not as easy as the magic at Elsa’s hands.  In the real world, ice sculptors use their groovy imagination and tools to create a magical experience with ice. …