Change It Up! Breast Cancer Research Foundation

James Tu supports Breast Cancer Research Foundation For the Month of March, James made it his goal to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for EI’s Change It Up! initiative, where each month an employee chooses a worthy organization for which to fundraise and collect spare change. EI matches up to $100 in support of the effort.

BCRF is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. They provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis, and survivorship.

“Breast Cancer affects so many people’s lives, said James. “Whether you’re a patient or a family member/friend supporting their battle, I think that all of us know someone whose life has been changed by breast cancer. I’m hoping that someday the impact of breast cancer will be non-existent.”

WHY “BCRF” WORKS
In 2014-2015, BCRF will award $47 million in annual grants to 222 scientists from top universities and medical institutions around the globe. In addition, $11.6 million has been committed to the international Founder’s Fund project focused on metastasis. Every hour of research, we fund improves outcomes and saves lives. But we still have more to do. The thousands of women and men suffering from breast cancer today depend on us. No institution can conquer this disease alone. Together, we can.

Please join James in support of BCRF and help breast cancer patients lead longer and more fulfilling lives. Visit: bcrfcure.org.

Hop to It! Three Sweet, Springtime Activities That Don’t Involve Sugar!

Spring into Easter with these sweet springtime activities for kids!

Get Crafty!
Bunny Mask Craft for KidsRelease your inner bunny with this adorable Easter mask! Simply print our Hoppy Floppy Bunny mask on heavy cardstock and cut out (don’t forget to cut holes for the eyes!). Punch holes on either side of the mask, thread an elastic string, and knot. Now personalize with embellishments like pipe cleaner whiskers and pompom cheeks and you’ve got the perfect Easter accessory!

Squeeze in Some Science!

Check out our very own Nancy B, of Nancy B’s Science Club™, perform her latest egg-cellent egg-speriment. Gather two raw eggs (use decorated eggs for an Easter spin), salt, and two clear drinking glasses. Now, let the magic of science begin!

Spot the Signs of Spring!
easterWork together to make a list of things that happen in the springtime. Green grass peeks out from below the frost, flowers begin to bloom, the sun stays out longer, baby animals are born, butterflies emerge from cocoons…you get the idea. Then take a walk and see how many signs you can spot in your own neighborhood. Added bonus – go home and draw what you saw! At EI, we believe in sharing, and we bet you do, too, so please don’t forget to share this post with your friends!

Remember to stop by our Facebook page to share your results.

Egg-citing Video Alert #2: The Floating Egg Experiment

Is it easier to float in an ocean or a freshwater lake? How do you make an egg float? It’s time to defy gravity (well, not really, but the results are still amazing), with Nancy B’s latest egg-cellent egg-speriment! Try this at home using items found right in your kitchen.

Here’s what you’ll need:
• 2 beakers (or clear drinking glasses)
• Water
• Salt (a good pour as opposed to a sprinkle)
• 2 raw eggs

The How-to:
1. Fill both glasses/beakers with tap water. Be sure to fill the water to the rim of the beaker or glass.
2. Carefully place one of the eggs into the glass/beaker. What happens?
3. Next, pour several heaping tablespoons of salt into the other beaker/glass and stir to dissolve the salt. Gently place the second egg into the salty water. Are the results any different?

This experiment shows us that objects float higher in salty ocean water than in freshwater.

Why does this happen? When the weight of the displaced water – the water that pours out of your beaker/glass when you drop in the egg – is LESS than that of the egg, then the egg will sink. Conversely, if the weight of the displaced water is MORE than the weight of the egg – as it is with very salty water – then the egg will float.
Ready for more egg-cellent fun? Here’s an egg-stension for you:

• In what other liquids might an egg float? Here’s a few to test:
• Cooking oil
• Vinegar
• Honey
• What do you think would happen if you drop a raw egg in the ocean or a saltwater lake?

Give it a try, and tell us the results!

Be sure to share what you find with us on Facebook.com/educationalinsights.

Happy Egg-sperimenting!

Hop Into Fun with This Easy Easter Craft: Hoppy Floppy Bunny Mask

Bunny Mask Craft for Kids

We’re counting down the days to Easter! We hope you’re just as excited as we are. And when we’re excited, we like to get a little crafty! You’ve already met Hoppy Floppy, now bring him to life with this adorable DIY bunny mask. Creating the mask is as easy as 1-2-3!

Here’s what you’ll need:
Hoppy Floppy mask template
Elastic cord or yarn
6 pipe cleaners (optional)
2 cotton balls or pom poms(optional)

Step 1: Download the Hoppy Floppy bunny mask template. Print out on cardstock and cut along Hoppy’s face
(don’t forget to cut out the eyes so your little bunny can see!)

Hoppy Floppy Bunny Mask Craft

Step 2: Punch holes on either side of Hoppy’s face as marked, and thread the elastic cording/yarn through. Secure with small knots.

Hoppy Floppy Bunny Mask Craft
Step 3: To give Hoppy a little more personality and pizzazz, glue three-inch pipe cleaners onto the mask for whiskers, and then glue small cotton balls (or pom poms) over the pipe cleaners for squeezably chubby cheeks.
Easter Activities for Kids

Step 4: Proudly show off your Easter mask.

Easter Craft for Kids

Story Sparkers:
Now that your mask is made, use one or more of the following questions to spark storytelling about Hoppy Floppy. Write your child’s answer on a piece of paper and have him or her illustrate it.
• What does Hoppy Floppy do for fun?
• Where does Hoppy Floppy live?
• What do you think Hoppy Floppy is going to do on Easter?

Be sure to share your works of art or stories with us on our Facebook page.

Egg-Citing Video Alert: The Egg in a Bottle Experiment

Why would anyone want to put an egg in a bottle, you ask? Nancy B has the answer! A chemistry experiment and physics demonstration all rolled into one, The Egg in the Bottle Egg-speriment is a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn just how powerful air pressure can be!

Want to try it yourself? Here’s what you’ll need:
• A wide-mouth bottle (or flask)
• Hardboiled, pre-peeled Eggs (Medium sized – not large or XL)
• Wooden stirring rods (candles or matches are fine too)
• Laboratory glasses
• And most importantly: Adult supervision!

Tackle the experiment in four easy steps:
1. Place a peeled, hardboiled egg on top of the bottle. Notice that the egg does not move because the air pressure is equal on the inside and the outside of the bottle.
2. Light your match, candle or stirring rod and drop it into the bottle.
3. Quickly place the egg on top of the opening (with the smaller end on top of the opening).
4. Observe how the egg reacts as the temperature of the air changes inside of the bottle. The egg should be jumping up and down as the air molecules escape. POP!! Faster than you can say “Egg-cellent”, your egg is pushed into the bottle!

How did this happen? And how do you get the egg OUT of the bottle? Make sure to watch the video to find out!

Other egg-cellent ideas:
•Try different sizes of eggs with different sized bottle openings. Is the final result any different?

Be sure to share your results with us on facebook.com/educationalinsights.

Happy Egg-sperimenting!