This August has been packed with extraordinary events. Not only did we experience the first hurricane to hit SoCal in 84 years, but we also got to witness the Super Blue Moon, which won’t happen again until 2037. Keep reading for more information + a back-to-school STEM activity for your kid!
The Last Super Blue Moon of The Decade!
On Wednesday (August 30th) spectators were able to see one of the most prominent and luminous moons of the year – the Super Blue Moon. Contrary to what you might assume, the term “Blue Moon” doesn’t describe the color of the moon. Instead, it refers to two situations: either two full moons appearing in a single calendar month (as is the case now), or the third full moon in a season that contains four full moons. Another Super Blue Moon won’t appear again until 2037!
Hurricane Hilary’s Storm this August!
In August, Southern California was hit by Hurricane Hilary, a strong Category 4 Pacific hurricane. The storm brought heavy rainfall, resulting in flooded roadways and mudslides. Hilary made an unprecedented arrival on Sunday August 20th, and was particularly noteworthy as it was the first tropical storm to impact Southern California in 84 years.
A STEM Activity Perfect for Back-To-School
The new school year has begun, and we have a perfect STEM activity for students as they head into the classroom! Try out the pencil tower building challenge to teach children about different geometric shapes, center of gravity, height, and measurements. In the process, students can also refine their fine motor skills.
Link to Article: 9 Back to School STEM Challenges (igamemom.com)
Let’s Make a Difference Together!
We’re thrilled to announce that Shared Science has been selected to participate in Long Beach Gives an online fundraiser for nonprofits throughout Long Beach! The actual Giving Day is September 21st, and you can begin donating on September 14th. Support us and help ignite excitement for STEM education among students throughout Long Beach!