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Homeschool Graduate Works on RoboBees Project at Harvard – The Wired Homeschool

My nephew, Michael Bechard, is an electrical engineering major at Eastern Nazarene College. He spent the summer of 2012 at Harvard University working on the “RoboBees” Project, analyzing the affect mobility has on the radio communication signal. Oh yeah, he was homeschooled. If you have a child interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) he or she could do cool stuff like this too!

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Did Felix Baumgartner Really Jump From the Edge of Space? [Infographic] – The Wired Homeschool

Popular Science released this infographic to show that although it looked like Felix Baumgartner was jumping from “the edge of space” he really wasn’t close.

So where does space begin?

There really isn’t a defined point at which the earth’s atmosphere and “outer space” begins. Our atmosphere intermingles with interstellar space over 10,000 km above sea level. In case you’re wondering, that’s roughly height where the International Space Station (ISS) orbits.

Most people refer to the Kármán line when they think about where space begins. Named after Theodore von Kármán (1881–1963), the Kármán line is the height at which an aircraft cannot maintain lift unless it’s travelling at orbital velocity. That distance is roughly 100km above sea level. The International Aeronautic Federation (IAF) selected the 100 km boundary because it’s easy to remember.

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Happy Hexaflexagon Month – The Wired Homeschool

YouTuber Vi Hart has been releasing a series of videos on hexaflexagons. Hexaflexagons are flat strips of paper that can be folded to to reveal six faces (or sides) of the original 2-sided strip. It’s a hard concept to visualize but Vi’s videos do a great job of showing you what I can’t explain with my broken fingers.

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Build a Simple Circuit from a Pizza Box (No Soldering)

When I find simple, creative ways to teach electronics to my kids I get excited. I found this simple project that will cost under $10 and teach your kids about circuit design without having to burn the tips of your fingers on a soldering gun.

Watch the video below and then head over to Instructables to get detailed instructions on building this fun project.

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