Science Experiments at Morph Madness

There is a section of the I.S.P. that few Cadets are brave enough to explore. It is a dark, towering room known on the Spaceport as Morph Madness. Here, Cadets can collect strands of mutant DNA and perform the most menacing of experiments. The morphs we create deep down inside Morph Madness’ Chem Lab allow us to turn our friends into the strangest of creatures!

Today I am definitely in a prankster mood, so I thought I would head down to the lab perform some wicked experiments. Since I feel ambitious, I thought I would take on the McWaddles Experiment. This happens to be one of the most complicated, evil, and REWARDING experiments you can perform in the I.S.P. You will leave this laboratory with the ability to turn your friends into one weird alien.
1We will need to collect some strands of DNA to add to this mixture. Before we head out to collect them, make sure to write down the list of ingredients so you will know exactly what to search for!
2Now that we are on the hunt for some DNA, we need to make sure that we keep a close eye out for the particular ingredients we need so we do not waste time. Look to our left! There’s a strand of radioactive DNA, which is just what we need.
3Now, we have all of our ingredients. How can we start creating our mischievous chemical mixtures? We will have to drop all of our special ingredients into the beaker using the devices on the left. For large amounts of liquid, we’ll use the test tube and for smaller measurements, we can use the pipette. For some of the powders, use the scooper!
4Once we have dumped all of our ingredients into the beaker, the magic begins to happen. Sparks fly and the ground shakes and as these ingredients join together and cause a reaction to make a new chemical. Now is the time for us to all join together in a bout of evil laughter: Mwahahahaha!
5Our McWaddles Morph mixture has been created and it is time to put it to the test. Find a Cadet walking around the halls and use click on the morph icon in your toolbar to access it!
6Now that you have seen how to make Morphs with me, it is time for you to perform your own mad science experiments. Head into Math Blaster and try at making your own crazy creations!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the I.S.P.!

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Greetings Blasters! As you might know, today is St. Patrick’s Day! Here at Spaceport, we consider this the LUCKIEST day in the universe! We love this holiday so much, nothing puts us in a bad mood. Not even a mischievous Mutt or an impish alien! We hope your travels through the galaxy are just as lucky and legendary as our own! Maybe you will start raising a brand new larva or beat your Zapper high score. Comment below and tell us what great accomplishments you achieved in Math Blaster this week, no matter how big or small. Budurl.me/MBStPattysDay

Fall Activities: Leaf Rubbing

Photo by Emma Craig, ©2013 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License.

Photo by Emma Craig, ©2013 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License.

Make the most of your leaf strewn lawn by incorporating Fall foliage into this fun activity with your kids! It’s simple and uses supplies that you probably already have at home, plus it creates instant seasonal artwork for your home! This is a great opportunity to teach your child about the different types of trees in your neighborhood!

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Amazing Autumn Days – Visit the Apple Orchards

Mark Engelbrecht, ©2013 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Mark Engelbrecht, ©2013 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Ask any kid what happens in the Fall and they’ll most likely tell you that the leaves change colors and fall off the trees. What many kids may not know is that Autumn also signals the beginning of the apple season! Pumpkin gets all the attention as a Fall crop, but apples are also a great seasonal fruit. If you’ve already taken your kids to a pumpkin patch and are in search for another fun Fall activity, round up the crew and head out to an apple orchard for the day! We’ve got tips for making the day a harvest of happiness.

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Family Health and Fitness Day is Coming!

Photo by: Evil Erin

Photo Strawberry Smoothie by: Evil Erin, ©2010 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License.

The last Saturday in September is designated as Family Health and Fitness Day by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) and the U.S. Surgeon General. Local organizations organize fun, health-related events at parks, schools, and communities across the nation to teach the whole family health and fitness basics. Whether you choose to participate in the organized events or want to go it alone, we’ve got some great fitness tips to get your family moving.


Get Everyone Involved

With children of different ages and at different skill levels, it can sometimes be tough to find an activity that everyone can participate in. One way to even out an imbalance is to pair younger children with older siblings and cousins or an adult. For example, try a three-legged race where pairs are comprised of one younger player and one older player. You can also play traditional games like hide and seek– your young ones might actually have an advantage here! Alternatively, take the family out for a walk or bike ride that everyone can enjoy!

Start With Basics

You don’t have to organize a full on basketball tournament or host the ultimate soccer showdown– help your children build their basic sports skills by practicing dribbling the ball down the court or having a goal kicking contest. Your older children can help their younger siblings improve by sharing their experiences and teaching them firsthand!

Keep Cool

September temperatures can be warm, so remember to stay hydrated and keep cool! Have plenty of water on hand and incorporate fun water activities into your day! Surprise the kids with a new water slide or bust out the squirt guns to start an all-out family showdown!

Most of all, have fun! Fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and this is a great chance to show your kids that working out and being active is fun for the whole family! Whether you hit the park, the beach, the gym or the backyard, there’s family fun to be had for all this weekend! Now that you’ve read our fitness tips, head on over to the JumpStart blog for our post on how to celebrate the health aspect of this event!

Kitchen Math: Back-to-School Breakfast Recipes

Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So there is no better time than those mornings before school to get your kids brains moving and ready for action. Invite your little ones to employ their math skills in the kitchen by helping gyou prepare breakfast. Between calculating quantities, measuring ingredients and more, math plays a vital role in cooking for a full household. Here’s a quick recipe to help get you started –

Quick smoothie recipes
Kicking off the morning with a fruit-filled smoothie with energy generating ingredients and lean protein options can be a great way to start your day. In addition to your oatmeal, pancakes, cereal or other breakfast foods, try blending up this quick and easy smoothie recipe!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie (serves 2)
1 ripe banana
1 ½ cups frozen strawberries
3 tablespoons almond butter
¼ cup vanilla yogurt
2 cups soy milk

Have the kids calculate the amount of ingredients needed according to the number of people in your home and then have them measure them out accordingly before you blend them together. Its a delicious way of incorporating education into everyday routines! Best of all, this recipe was borrowed from JumpStart.com, so be sure to visit the site for more delicious smoothie and breakfast ideas!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today is Mother’s Day! How will you be celebrating with your family? If you are fresh out of ideas or would like to spruce up your already made plans, show the very special woman in  your life that you care with some of these stellar Mother’s Day ideas from Math Blaster! From breakfast in bed to helping around the house, your mom will sure feel as radiant as she should, being the star of today’s holiday.

Photo By Paul Wilkinson

Photo By Paul Wilkinson

So be sure to take the time today and show your mom that you truly care by making her feel extra special. And don’t forget about Grandma, after all she is the ultimate mom since she was the one who raised yours! For more inspiration on making your mom feel on top of the world, visit our Pinterest page and share with us your favorite ways to celebrate Mother’s Day below.