Real Science Careers

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"Children are often asked what they want to be. Doctor, lawyer, teacher, firefighter, police officer, or veterinarian are a few of the typical answers one might expect. Children excitedly draw pictures of gallant firefighters on ladders rescuing cats from trees, or detail rosy classrooms filled with perfectly behaving children. Pretend playtime is fill…

Curriculum Fairs: Are they worth it?

Spring is upon us, buds are forming on branches, allergies are making some of us stir-crazy, and many homeschool families are rushing to the nearest curriculum fair. Have you made that part of your spring ritual yet? If not, it would be a great addition! Real Science-4-Kids is packing up the store and bringing it right to you. Whether you are just starting out or a longtime homeschooling famil…

Real Science Heroes Episode 1: Attack of the Killer C. Gattii

For many days an unsuspecting California resident, let’s call her Shirley, had been suffering from common cold symptoms. The usual cough and congestion started to worsen and symptoms advanced to fever and chest pain. When her neck started aching, she knew it was time to head to the doctor. Shirley was diagnosed with a Cryptococcus gattii infection, a fungal infection that can take months or…

Real Science Heroes

Faster than a speeding bullet, today’s pop culture fiction has amassed enough superheroes to fill an entire Marvel Universe. Superheroes have been a staple of the American comic book scene since the early 1930s, and have grown in popularity to become the focal point of modern-day Hollywood productions. Ignoring bedrock scientific principles, Captain Atom absorbs and manipulates infinite amoun…

First Steps for a Science Fair Project

Now that school has started many teachers and parents are gearing up for the science fair. If done well, the science fair can be an enjoyable experience with the potential to open doors for your child that would otherwise be closed. Winning ribbons and monetary awards from the science fair can help a child clarify a career path, get them into good schools, and expand their horizons.  The key…

Fear and Loathing the Science Fair

I meet a number of parents and kids who loathe the science fair. In fact, when I was a kid I was more interested in taking apart my bicycle than doing a science fair project. Don't get me wrong, I was into academics and I loved science so much that I pursued science as a career, and did quite well. I still love science and I now love to write science books in hopes that I will inspire some young p…