5 Electrical Projects Kids Can Do

Kids can learn a lot by doing, and these at-home science projects involve a lot of learning, doing, and having fun! They can learn what kinds of batteries work best, how to build a circuit, and many other projects. Parents, make sure you supervise children who are conducting experiments, and help them with anything that might be dangerous, such as working with electrical currents.

Experiment #1: What Batteries Last the Longest?

Have you or your kid ever wondered which batteries will give the most life to their toys? A lot of times, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” rings true, but when it comes to science, you learn about what you buy, and adjust your buying habit based on the information.

For this experiment, you’ll need:

Four D-cell flashlights, all the same size, brand, and type. Two D-cell batteries from the following brands: Duracell, Energizer, Rayovac, Eveready more »

Using Drones for Mundane Tasks

Send in the drones! A YouTuber by the name of Marek Baczynski decided to try replacing a light bulb with a flying drone he had.

The drone had a small claw reminiscent of the claw machines of our youth attached to the top of the drone. On the tips of the claws were rubber grips to grab hold of a lightbulb.

Unsurprisingly, the incredibly fine movements required to perform the task mean a lot of accidents, crashes, and a few broken light bulbs.

The drone would lift off from the floor, and Baczynski would (attempt to) carefully position the drone underneath the bulb so the claw could grip it.

After several attempts (many of which ended with the drone’s propellers clipping the bulb or the ceiling and falling), he was able to position it perfectly.

With a quick spin that appeared almost like an aerial ballet, the

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How to Save Money This Holiday Season

Planning on giving gifts this holiday season? If you’re like most Americans, you’re likely hoping to keep costs low while still finding great gifts. We have a few tips to help you get some spectacular gifts that will put a smile on the faces of your friends, family, and wallet (well, if wallets could smile). 

Budgeting 

The first thing to do is set a budget for yourself. Figure out how many people you’re getting gifts for and determine where they fall in terms of gift giving categories: inner or outer circle.

Inner circle includes family and very close friends, while the outer circle would be friends you see somewhat regularly, coworkers, and teachers. Most of the time, you’ll spend more money on people in the inner circle.

Be sure to set a maximum budget for yourself. Keep yourself from going over that budget, and you’ll be good.

Spread Out Purchases 

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6 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Tech Savvy

Mother’s Day is coming up soon, and if you’re wracking your brain trying to come up with the best gift for your tech savvy mom, we have a few ideas for you to consider. From helpful AI assistants to the cord-cutting Roku, you’re sure to find something for mom that she’ll love for many years to come.

Amazon Echo – This tiny tower (or hockey puck sized disc called the Echo Dot) can bring the house of tomorrow to your home today. Alexa, the cheery personality behind the Echo, converses with you, tells jokes, sets timers, orders pizza, and many, many more incredible things. Mom can control her favorite music playlist while ordering her favorite pizza and reordering paper towels for later all at the same time.

Breville Fast Slow Pro – If your mom is the chef in the family, the Fast Slow Pro will amp

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Predict the Weather with Smart Light Bulbs

Did you ever think you’d get a weather report from a lightbulb? We certainly didn’t, but that’s one thing you can do with a smart light bulb and an IFTTT account.

IFTTT, which stands for IF This, Then That, is a free service that allows you to set up cause and effect scenarios with various Wi-Fi integrated devices and computer programs. IFTTT can be incredibly helpful in a number of ways, allowing you to turn on your lights when you wake up by connecting to your Fitbit, or turning them off when you start your car. And now, you can have it tell you the temperature and weather.

The main thing you’ll need is a color changing smart bulb, like Lifx, Philips Hue, or WeMo. These bulbs are connected via Wi-Fi and allow you to control their brightness and color with your phone. In this instance, you’ll

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17 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day

A single act of kindness can brighten a person’s day or start a chain reaction of continuous kindness. It doesn’t have to be anything major – just a small act is enough to make someone happy. We have a bunch of ideas you can use on Random Acts of Kindness Day, which is on February 17th. We hope you’ll continue doing these random acts year round.

1. Box of Smiles – Make 50 to 100 hearts or smiley faces, and write something nice on each. Carry them with you when you go out and hand them to random people or people you see having a hard time. Personalize some for a family member or friend and give them to that person, telling them to read one when they feel down.

2. Buy Someone a Drink – Next time you go to your favorite coffee shop, buy your

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Slow Cooker Meals for February, Pt. 2

We’re continuing our list of delicious slow cooker meals, snacks, and desserts for the month of February, and we’ve got some good ones today! These recipes will warm you up from the inside out, and they’ll bundle up your wallet by saving you electricity!

Chocolate Mint Day (Feb. 19) – Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Minter is coming! Fend off the pesky cold with this hot cocoa mixed with a cooling mint accent. Whisk together some sugar and cocoa powder with milk in a 6 quart slow cooker on high, continually whisking to prevent the milk from forming lumps. Add in some salt and vanilla, then cover for an hour and a half. Add chopped chocolate a little at a time until it is all incorporated, then cover for another 30 min. Serve in 8 oz containers along with a couple teaspoons of peppermint shavings until melted for a

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Calculating How Much Energy the Super Bowl Consumes

Have you ever considered the energy impact of the Super Bowl? Not just in terms of how much energy is consumed by the event itself in the stadium holding it, but worldwide? Practically a holiday unto itself, the Super Bowl is a major celebration in the United States, but there are many people elsewhere in the world that tune in for the 5 hour event as well. And for every TV that tunes into the game, there are several cars driving to a house for a party, numerous ovens, stoves, and microwaves cooking up delicious snacks, and many other energy-consuming activities.

Stadium Energy

Football stadiums have recently been upping their game when it comes to energy use. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, is hosting the Super Bowl this year and they made a lot of improvements to their stadium to reduce energy, including upgrading lighting and

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Levi’s Stadium: The Most Technologically Advanced Professional Football Stadium

A week from this Sunday will be the 50th Super Bowl, and this year it will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Levi’s Stadium is the greenest and most technologically advanced football stadium in the United States and it will be playing host to one of the largest sports gatherings in the country.

The Energy Efficient Design

Levi’s Stadium was designed with a particular goal in mind: energy efficiency. The stadium cost about $1.2 billion to construct, but its design will save money over time with its upgrades over other stadiums. Its 1.85 million square foot sprawl seats 68,500 people and boasts 165 luxury suites with 8,500 club seats. It sports a 27,000 square foot green roof on the building which houses the suite tower, helping maintain a comfortable internal temperature and reducing energy use for climate control.

The building was constructed using recycled and reclaimed building

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12 Energy Efficient Gifts to Give Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just about a couple weeks away, and if you’re wondering what might be the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, we have a few suggestions, and many of them have the extra benefit of saving energy! Now that’s a great way to charge up your relationship.

1. Solar Powered Phone Charger
Nobody likes to run out of juice in their phone, especially when they are away from their charger. Or maybe they always have their charger on hand, but when the phone is charged, they leave it plugged in. In either case, a solar powered phone charger is just the thing. As long as the sun is out, this charger can juice up your phone, and best of all, it won’t cost you anything in energy use!

2. Tablet
Got a tech savvy sweetheart? Tablets are the “in” thing

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