We are more than just fashion, and aim to incorporate STEM into everyday life! Learn about inspiring historical women who have changed the world of STEM, understand the latest tech terms and try out our fun and educational games.

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A day in the life of Marie Curie….Bezlo Role Model.

Ever wondered what some of the most inspiring women in history would be like if they were growing up today? Hello Bezlo are letting our imagination soar and picturing a day in the life of a 2017 historical Bezlo girl!

 

Marie Curie – Pioneering scientist and first ever female Nobel Prize winner!

 

Marie Curie, born in 1867, was an innovating scientist whose research on radioactivity led to the modern day X-ray! Marie became the first ever woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903 for physics, and won again in 1911 for chemistry. To learn more about Marie, click here.

Bezlo Girl Marie

Marie has been waiting all week for it to be Sunday, or as it’s known in her house, “Science Sunday”. Ever since she was a little girl she has been fascinated with how the world works and what happens when you mix certain liquids and materials together. She wakes up super early and checks to see if the homemade beeswax lip balm she made yesterday has set yet – just one of her many ongoing science projects.

Marie is excited to see what activities her parents have planned for her today. Every Sunday they spend the morning exploring the world of science with fun activities. Her best friend Irene is coming over to play too, and she promised to bring the x-ray images of her broken arm from last week for Marie to see! Today Marie and her Mom are using some of the equipment from Marie’s Elements of Science Kit that she got for her birthday. They also have fun looking at new samples under the family microscope, Marie loves how different human and cat hairs look when you zoom in on them. When Irene arrives, her mom suggests that they try to name all the bones they can see in Irene’s x-ray. Marie can’t believe how cool it is that there’s machines that let you see inside the human body.

Marie and Irene spend the rest of the afternoon getting messy with Dancing Oobleck and can’t believe how much the substance moves depending on what music you play! Marie makes a mental note to work on that as an experiment for next month’s science class project.

Marie is only 10, but already she knows that she will never get bored of discovering new reactions and facts about science and the world around her. She especially loves chemistry, and is learning all about acids and bases in school. Every summer she goes to a science camp that is just for girls, and her confidence has really soared ever since she made so many friends who love science just like her.

Marie reads her favourite book of the moment, “Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world”, before she goes to bed. She loves learning all about amazing women inventors, and dreams that one day she too will make a new scientific discovery!  

Would like to try the same activities as Marie? Click on the following links to learn how!

Elements of Science Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JZ8A1M/?tag=amigi-20

Dancing Oobleck — https://hellobezlo.com/sunday-science-activities/ 

Women In Science – http://www.rachelignotofskydesign.com/women-in-science/

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Code Couture

Here at Hello Bezlo there are two things we love; Fashion and Technology. We discovered when you combine the two extraordinary things can happen. To show Bezlo Girls just how fascinating this new innovative sector is, we hosted a Fashion Tech event called “Code Couture” to share our passion and show the endless possibilities there are with Fashion Tech. It was such a success we plan to host more events this year.

When we use the #FashionTech we ain’t talking about a smart watch! Fashion Tech is so much more than that. Think … LED lights, built in sensors, conductive thread, 3D printing, laser cutting and so much more! The event was in collaboration again with the wonderful CoderDojo and Zalando team! Both Coderdojo and Zalando share our mission to encourage more young girls into the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). What better way to start creating with technology then joining your local Dojo. We believe learning to code from a young age is key.

Many of you have been asking us how it went and what was involved. How did we make a fashion event technical? Here, we have the full Bezlo recap with our top four areas explored!

  1. How clothes are designed and made
  2. LED lights
  3. Coding and Soldering  
  4. Role Models

The event kicked off with opening talks from Sandra MaGuire who runs the CoderDojo at the IADT , Susan Reardon who is the programme coordinator at IADT and Clodagh Connell founder of Hello Bezlo. Both Clodagh and Sandra are big advocators to encourage more girls to learn how to code. We created an open and relaxed environment for everyone to learn and have fun.

The Bezlo Mission: To inspire, educate and empower young girls to dream BIG. Engaging in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through fashion. This event was specifically designed by us to show that an fashion can be combined with technology using code to make LED lights perform magic on your clothes

When you merge fashion and technology you can create something so magnificent we felt we just had to show you! 

Dream. Code. Create … Bezlo Style. 

Fashion Workshop led by Bezlo’s in house designer Deirbhile Coyle

“I put together relevant imagery that could inform and inspire the Hello Bezlo attendants at the workshop on how to make clothing and whats needed. It was an interactive session which challenged everyone there on what they might already know about garment construction. I started the workshop off with an introduction to myself and my work as a young Irish graduate designer, explaining what it was that encouraged me to study fashion design. As my interest started from a young age, which reached some children in the audience who too have explored DIY clothing already at their age. For me it was important that the children gained an insight into what patterns are and how they are used to create clothes, it was new knowledge to them that the patterns used were paper patterns and not the printed patterns on their clothing that they were all already aware of. Throughout this section of the talk I explained the importance of technology in the future of garment construction and design which lead me to the next area of the workshop where I demonstrated digital drawing. This gave the attendees a chance to try it out for themselves which I feel highlighted all the possibilities in particular for technology and design out there. It was great to see all the kids get involved and show an interest in how to make their own clothing and learn how to digital draw. Their interest and enthusiasm made it an even more interesting and fun workshop to be apart of.”

Role Models 

We were so lucky to be yet again supported by Zalando who really connected with the audience. Both data scientist, Martina Naughton and Antoaneta Marinova spoke how nurturing their interest in computers from an early age led them to pursue a third level education in computer science which gave them endless career opportunities. In an industry that is mainly male dominated Martina and Antoaneta showed true Bezlo Girl spirit by following their dreams not allowing stereotypes to get in their way! Learning about Zalando’s  growth as a leading e-commerce market place was fascinating for everyone.

Fashion Technology workshop run by designer Danielle Jordan and computer scientist Eric Cassells

Fashion Designer Danielle has created a incredible 6 piece Collection that incorporates technology.  To bring her LED creation to life she collaborated with a computer programmer Eric Cassells.

“My collection was inspired by the True story of the first ‘Bionic Women‘ Claudia Mitchell US Marine who lost her arm. Using new innovative technology surgeons transplanted nerves from her arm into her chest. When the prosthetic arm is attached it is controlled by her brain. My first three looks are based on her prosthetic arm and the technology that controls it. The outfits signifies the physical and emotional trauma caused by losing a limb. I created this inner emotion through my garments. The fabrics symbolise the biology and the texture/wires and LED lights symbolise the technology. Eric and I wanted to explore the technology further and decided to use a device named Arduino to control the addressable LED Lights. I told Eric I wanted to create Nerves, a Heartbeat and Electricity through the lights. Eric created his own code to capture my vision.’ To read more about the innovative design and technology process check out their blog here.

We wrapped up the event with a fun Bezlo brainstorm, we love the fun design process and to hear from Bezlo Girls themselves! We had delicious goodies from our awesome sponsor Krust Bakery who are very supportive of CoderDojo and young entrepreneurship.

Thank you all for attending and supporting our event. We have already begun to plan our next event, if you would like to learn more about Code Couture make sure to sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest Bezlo news.

Love Team Bezlo x

 

 

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Fashion & Tech Meets Bezlo

Hello Bezlo… Coding to catwalk

Hello Bezlo event is here to merge Fashion and Technology in collaboration with CoderDojo and Zalando. And we are pleased to invite you!

 This event is all about demonstrating how technology can enhance beautiful fashion creations. We have held fashion tech events before but none quite like this!

Introducing coding to catwalk….

Here is what to expect:

The fun kicks off in IADT in Dun Laoghaire at 6.30pm on the 15th of February. The event will wrap up at 8.30 pm. Yes, that is a full two hours of fashion and technology!! We hope to light up your evening with an LED fashion workshop run by our talented fashion designer, followed by speakers from the Zalando team. This event is sure to empower, inspire and educate…Bezlo style.

Don’t miss out:

This event is especially designed for teenage girls who would like to know more about fashion tech.  No laptop required, but a pen and paper might be useful! We have limited spaces so be sure to sign up and receive your FREE ticket for the event here.

Bezlo mission:

Here at Hello Bezlo, our mission is always to empower young girls to engage in technology and inspire them to learn more. We love fashion and we love technology, when we discovered the magic of combining the two we began to get very creative. Endless fun ideas to explore, so come join us where you can learn, code, and create.

 

Hello Bezlo….for girls who dream BIG.

Love,

The Hello Bezlo team.

Learn to code this Chrsitmas!

This Christmas here at Hello Bezlo were so excited for all the fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) gifts available this year. With everyone inside staying cosy it’s a great opportunity to make sure Bezlo Girls are still learning and motivated about all the STEM possibilities out there. We have created a Bezlo Girl gift guide full of the best toys, books and apps that will make your christmas morning a STEM inspired one full of laughter and learning with your Bezlo girls.

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To kick off this list today we are talking all about the best Christmas app gifts. It is the perfect time to introduce an app that is fun but also educational and inspiring. We even included some Christmas coding games that will get everyone in Christmas spirits as well as learning to code.

Our top Christmas apps are.

  1. Scratch Interactive Holiday Cards

With Scratch you can learn how to make your very own moving Christmas card with coding. You can share your interactive card with family and friends after. It has so many fun themed options to choose from. And best of all its free!

2. Google maps Santa tracker and village activities.

Another free fun coding activity. While counting down till Christmas Eve this web page gives you the chance to play with Santa’s elves in their village and coding lab. Here you can learn how to code a snowflake along with helping santa find his missing presents. On Christmas Eve the tracker goes live and you can follow Santas progress as he makes his way all around the world. We just love all the christmas fun and cheer here.

  1. Goldie Blox’s App The Rocket Cupcake Co.

With this amazing Goldie Blox app you get to deliver cupcakes with with Goldie and ruby while learning the basics of coding. A colourful,enjoyable app thats sure to rocket any Bezlo Girls interest in coding. Its got lots puzzles and games which will teach you all about sequencing, mental modelling and debugging.

This app is for ages 4+ and only $2.99.

  1. Hopscotch

Hopscotch is one of the most popular learn to code apps out there so it’s the perfect gift for a learning coder girl. A creative and logical game. Where kids can learn how to program their own games and apps with their easy to read blocks of code. We are big fans of Hopscotch!

For ages 9+ $24 = 3 month. $45 = 6 months $75 = 1 year

 

  1. Code Spark Academy with The Foos coding for kids.

An award winning game that has hours of puzzles and you can even code your own game too. It was created for both girls and boys it’s full of colour and loveable characters and best of all games that turn computer programing into fun. Why not join in with your Bezlo Girl and begin you’re free trial now! Get ready to unleash your creativity!

 

We really hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post. If you are looking for more of our posts about coding find them here. We also have lots of young coding role models to read all about here. Time to be inspired this Christmas! If you know of any other apps that can nurture Bezlo Girls learning please let us know, we would love to hear from you! Just comment below 🙂

We hope everyone is having a wonderful festive season and stay tuned for more Christmas gift ideas! 

Love team Bezlo xox

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Fabulous Fibonacci and his number Magic!

Today is a special day for Bezlo Girls and Mathematics lovers everywhere, Fibonacci Day! You may be reading this and wondering who or what is Fibonacci? and why is today so special!? Well the reason may seem a bit complicated at first but in fact it’s very simple and we’re here to explain to you everything about it. 

First we need to learn about a Fibonacci sequence. It’s a very special sequence of numbers where every number can be summed by adding the two numbers before it.

November 23 is celebrated as Fibonacci Day because when you write the date using numbers and put the month first, in the month/day format, a Fibonacci sequence is created… 1, 1, 2, 3.

So when we look at the date today 11/23.. 1,1,2,3.

We can see that (1 + 1) =2, and also (1 + 2) =3.  

Why so cool?

We love the Fibonacci sequence because it is very close to the Golden Ratio. If you divide two consecutive Fibonacci  numbers, the result is pretty close to 1.618. This golden number has fascinated many musicians, artists, engineers and many more. Famous artists like Leonardo Da Vinci creations are based on the golden ration. Any objects whose length and breadth show the Golden Ratio are thought to be the most pleasing to the eye. We love this magic mathematics sequence that makes things look great!

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Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is created according to the golden section.

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The Fibonacci sequence appears in many places, it’s a like a secret code that Bezlo Girls will love to discover. Here is an example of the start of a Fibonacci sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377.

Can you figure out the next numbers?

Fibonacci in nature…

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If you pick a daisy from your garden and pull off all of it’s petals you can see that the yellow centre of the flower isn’t solid. It’s is made up of lots of lovely swirls that spiral outwards from the centre. These swirls are just one example of the Fibonacci sequence and they can be found in all kinds of things such as sea shells, space and even artichokes.

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In fact, if you look at any flower it is likely to only have 3,5,8,13 or 21 petals.

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The golden triangle…

There is a whole other set of patterns in nature that are based on something called the golden triangle! A rectangle whose side lengths are Fibonacci numbers like 8×13. This rectangle can be divided up into a series of squares who lengths are also Fibonacci numbers. 

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When you draw an arc from one corner of each square to another, they join to form a spiral that just so happens to be like the spiral we see in nature- in flower petals, sea shells and snails.

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Golden Triangle seen in Greek architecture, courtesy of Sebastien Bertrand.

 

Let’s learn more about the mathematician behind the Fibonacci sequence magic…Leonardo Pisano Bigollo.

How can you celebrate Fibonacci Day?

Lots of fruits and vegetables like pineapples, broccoli & brussels sprouts contain the Fibonacci sequence – you could eat them in your meals today.

You could also try some fun Fibonacci activities like cutting across an apple to see the 5-seed chamber or counting the spirals in a sunflower head – there are almost always 34 or 55 (or another Fibonacci number).

Enjoy this fun Fibonacci Day & it’s mathematics magic! We leave you with beautiful image…yes Fibonacci sequence and the golden section can even be seen in waves!  

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Love always,

Clodagh and Hello Bezlo team

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If you liked this Blog Post, maybe you would also like to read more on the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Section.

Sunday Science!

In honour of Science Week we have a super science experiment perfect for you to try at home! We think that science should be for everyday not just once a year!
Does your Bezlo Girl have a favourite experiment that we don’t know about yet?
Let us know in the comments below!

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Bezlo Mom

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Rachel Schoene with daughter Lexi.

Bezlo Mom Rachel Schoene.Code to Lexi is just something fun that she does, like art. I do hope that she will grow up to shape a world that is better than the one we are living in right now, I’m certain that knowing computer programing will help her to do that. “

Meet Bezlo Mom Rachel, Mom to our Role Model feature Lexi. Rachel is a huge supporter of STEM. Realising just how big technology is becoming in her kids everyday lives she decided to take a proactive approach ensuring her daughter Lexi was not passively consuming technology. In a short space of time this “non techie” Mom has become a major advocator for girls in technology and is proud of her daughter Lexi’s achievements within STEM. She has became so interested in Lexi’s coding activities that Rachel is now an Administrator for Coderdojo. Let’s find out how she made learning technology so much fun!

Rachel, tell us how did you and Lexi got involved with CoderDojo?

I’m really not very technical at all, I got involved in CoderDojo just over two years ago because Lexi had shown an interest in computers and I really wanted her to learn about technology, rather than just passively consume it. Or worse, be consumed by it.

What was your first impression of coding?

My first impression was that I was too old to really “get it”, the technical terms the kids were using were totally alien to me. The young people at Lexi’s Dojo were literally speaking another language…computer language! But the more I tried to be an active volunteering parent within the Dojo the more I picked up, and my confidence grew a little bit. Now I can at least support Lexi’s learning journey with a bit more enthusiasm than before. Seeing how excited she gets to show me her projects, fuels me to dig in and learn a bit more.

It’s amazing what you can pick up if you keep an open mind.

Wow, Sounds like your open mindset to learning has helped you overcome any obstacles. In the beginning did you feel in any way wary not being able to code yourself?

I definitely felt at a bit of a disadvantage. I felt bad at times because I couldn’t help Lexi work on projects at home or help her move on to the next phase of whatever she’s working on. But I’m learning bit by bit, and I’m sure I’ll pick up more.

What impact has it had on you as a mom? Has your outlook changed on the importance of technology?

As a mom, CoderDojo has had a huge impact on simple things, like how my family use technology. Before CoderDojo our family was controlled by technology,the kids were always gaming and just passively watching the ipads & laptops. Now I realise that actually, we have the ability to change and shape the technology we use everyday. That in itself is very empowering. Now the kids seek to explore the back end of game sites, and alter/modify the games they play to suit their interests. Minecraft modification is a big thing in our house, and that is actually programming too.

Technology is here, and it’s not going away. Ever. So, I guess I have changed my mantra of “get off the screens, in my day we were out playing” to “if you are going to use technology today, at least be learning, creating or doing something constructive with it”. I do limit screen time and make a huge effort to unplug, but that’s another interview for another day LOL.

Have you seen a change in Lexi since she joined CoderDojo?

To be honest the biggest changes I’ve seen in Lexi since she joined CoderDojo are intangible. Lexi’s confidence has soared. She can stand up anytime, anywhere and speak up about things that matter to her. That, as a young woman is a very important skill to have. She will respectfully challenge things, she questions everything , she can hold a room during a presentation, and most importantly she is not afraid to make mistakes. For the longest time she would obsess if she didn’t get top marks in school, or if she made a mistake while drawing or if she accidentally wrote a word wrong in a sentence. Lexi has learned at CoderDojo that it’s ok to mess up, to design things that don’t work out, to suggest ideas that may end up being impractical,  you can ALWAYS start over. There is no right or wrong at CoderDojo only learning.

That is truly amazing! Has Lexi’s progress in computer science encourage your friends bringing their daughters to CoderDojo?

No, my friends all have different non-tech careers and their daughters are all into different after-school activities. They all think that what Lexi is doing is fascinating though, so that’s lovely. Maybe I should try to poach their daughters from gymnastics/ballet/hip hop and get them to come to a Dojo!

You just never know! What would you say to moms out there who are reading this and are wondering how to get daughters more engaged in STEM?

STEM, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics if your daughter shows an interest is any of these subjects foster it, encourage them to join a Dojo (Dojo’s are free). Tell your daughters that they have the ability to change, fix, design the stuff that goes on behind the screens, so that rather than be passive consumers, they can actively shape the technology they use everyday to better suit their wants and needs and the wants and needs of the world around them. CoderDojo is the perfect place to learn the type of skills that will enable them to do just that.

Empower your daughter with knowledge of the STEM industry, break the habit of referring to girls interested in STEM as “nerds” or “geeks”, it’s awful how a few negative comments can change the trajectory of an ambitious young girl’s life. Give your daughter the confidence to pursue her interests. It’s important to tell girls that a large gender gap exists across the STEM industry. Girls should know that this has resulted in a lot of male centric ideas, products and services being brought to the fore in recent years.

It’s important for girls know that they can be decision makers, designers and play a significant role in changing technology to better solve problems that exist across all genders, to solve problems that exist across all societies and to solve greater global issues that affect everyone. There are tons of ways to get girls more engaged and excited about STEM! CoderDojo is a great place to start.

Team Hello Bezlo couldn’t agree more! We hope this interview with Rachel inspires more Bezlo Moms. You can follow Rachel on her quest to be the best advocator of STEM she can be over on twitter @RachelSchoene.  A big thank you to Rachel and Lexi for featuring as our Role Models and sharing their story. 

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Hackathon Magic

Hackathons have been happening in the computer science world for years, but it’s only recently that they are becoming more popular with people who aren’t major tech devotees! Hello Bezlo love love love being inspired by Hackathons and the amazing ideas they produce, and we want to show you why your daughter should try one out!

Founder Clodagh at Coder Girl Hack Day on EU Code Week

 So.. What exactly is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is a very cool community event where all sorts of creatives get together and work collaboratively to create a fully-functioning app, computer software idea or a piece of hardware. The event is usually set to a timeframe of 24 or 48 hours. Hackathons are attended by computer programmers, engineers, marketers, web designers and many more!

By bringing people together who love STEM, the event is a wonderful bubble of inspiring ideas and new skills being shared. Hackers meeting for the first time but who all share the passion to think outside the box to solve problems and create something amazing. Sometimes these ideas go on to develop into a real company or initiative.

Most local Hackathons also have fun and educational workshops to teach people about coding, and other exciting projects for kids and adults of all ages.

Is it suitable for girls who are tech novices?

Absolutely! Even if you don’t know the first thing about coding but are curious and willing to learn new things, then Hackathons are perfect for you. You don’t have to join a team working on a tech project, you can just enjoy participating in the workshops, some of which may be animating your own music video or designing a light up dress!

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Web Development workshop at Coder Girl Hack Day .

How does a Hackathon empower girls?

There are so many girl friendly Hackathons happening lately, and it is so inspiring to see! A whole day devoted to including girls in STEM and having fun with their fellow tech loving peers? Hello Bezlo can’t think of many events more empowering than that!

Girls gain huge confidence from seeing other girls of all ages passionate about STEM, and Hackathons are great places for your daughter to meet inspiring female role models. Girls learn to work in a team, discover new skills and basically just enjoy a celebration of all the cool things that women can do in tech!

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Brainstorming at Coder Girl Hack Day 2016

What kind of projects are there to work on?

Some Hackathons have certain themes, such as fashion tech or sustainability, but for many of them you can decide yourself what project you want to develop. Some amazing projects that have been developed at previous Hackathons are Al-Timer, a device designed to help you remember items commonly forgotten, such as keys or your phone, or Mirror Catalog which is a virtual changing room on your screen.

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Founder Clodagh took Hello Bezlo to win first place at Techstars Startup Weekend Hackathon

Workshops vary from HTML tutorials, to learning how to code and seminars based on marketing and social media!

Where do I find my local Hackathon event?

There are so many groups organising Hackathons around the world! If you’re based in the US, we love Black Girls Code and Girl Hackathon. Worldwide groups such as Girls in Tech are awesome, and we had such a blast at Code Week EU, which had amazing events planned for kids of all ages in October 2016. Stay tuned to learn more about the event we took part in called Coder Girl Hack Day

Happy coding Bezlo girls!

Xox

#SpaceWeek Activities

We hope you have had a super fun World Space Week! Hello Bezlo have learned so much about our amazing universe, and we are already looking forward to next year. We know for sure that our Bezlo girls will be astronaut obsessed from now on, so we have put together some cool space themed activities for you to try out! There’s the sparkliest galaxy goo you can ever imagine, a make-your-own rocket ship ready for blast-off and yummy edible sugar crystals inspired by those found on Saturn’s rings – all perfect to keep your space-loving girl busy on earth!

Galactic Galaxy Slime

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What you need:
Clear school glue
¾ cup liquid Starch
Liquid watercolours (blue, purple, black, silver)
Fine glitter

How to make:
Mix equal parts glue to starch in four batches so that you have four different coloured slimes.
Add the glue into a bowl first.
Then you can mix in your chosen watercolour and glitter.
Start to add your starch, but do this slowly, kneading the mixture (just like you would with dough!)
Lay out all four colours of slime on a flat tray, and get your little one to start mixing them all together to create a multicolored galaxy slime!

Space sugar crystals

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What you need:
1 cup water
3 cups table sugar
clean glass jar
pencil
string or yarn (do not use nylon string)
pan for boiling water and making solution
spoon for stirring
(optional) food coloring

How to make:
Tie the string to your pencil. The string should be able to hang into your jar without touching the bottom or sides.
In the pan start boiling the water.
Stir in the sugar one spoonful at a time. Make sure there is lots of sugar in the solution, but not too much that some doesn’t dissolve! If you have some undissolved sugar your Space Sugar Crystals will start building onto those molecules rather than your string.
Add a few drops of food coloring if you want some colour to your crystals.
Carefully pour the solution from the pan into your clean glass jar.
Balance the pencil (with the string tied to it) on the lip of the jar and let the string dangle into the solution. Try not to let the string hit the sides or bottom of the jar!
Find a safe spot for your jar where it can sit still!
Check on your crystals each day and see how much they have grown. We like to let them grow for about one week for maximum yumminess!


Water Bottle Rocket Ship

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What you need:

An empty plastic bottle
Cardboard made into a cone and 4 fins
A cork
A pump with a needle adaptor
Water!

How to make:
Push the needle of the pump through the cork. (It needs to go all the way through so you might need to trim the cork a bit).
Decorate your water bottle with rocket cone and fins, you can add fun stickers too!
Fill the bottle one quarter full and push the cork in tightly.
Take the bottle outside (this experiment gets messy!) and connect the pump to the needle adaptor.
Make sure that all observing young astronauts are standing back from the rocket, and start to pump air into the bottle.
Countdown to rocket ship liftoff!! The pressure from the air will make the rocket shoot into space!

Kid’s Space Apps that are out of this world!

We are loving it being Space Week, and are trying to find every opportunity we can this week to include the galaxy in our busy Bezlo lives! We know how much kids love to get their hands on your phone to play the latest games, so why not let them play something that is fun and educational! We have discovered some of the coolest apps that your Bezlo girl will love, that will teach her about astronomy, space, and the solar system. Mission to explore the moon – accepted!

Mission:MATH… Sabotage At The Space Station (AGES 9+)
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Specifically aimed at girls, this popular app lets you practice your maths skills whilst solving mini-games and clues to save the Space Station! In the game you create your own avatar, a super smart female astronaut who is on a mission to discover what is sabotaging the station. You use fractions, arithmetic, and other maths skills to fix problems. Younger girls may need an adult’s help at first with the maths, but the more you practice the more fun this game is!

Download on the App Store

Star Walk Kids – Explore Space and Planets (AGES 5-8)
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Star Walk Kids is an amazing app for learning about the night sky! It uses your location to show what the sky above you looks like, with each constellation named and facts given about them. There are dozens more information sections on planets and nearby stars, and the app also has audio and video clips of fun facts to discover along the way. The images are great for young kids, and it is sure to inspire lots of budding astronomists!

Download on the App Store

NASA (AGES 6+)
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This free and official NASA app has everything you need to explore the space world! It’s packed full of videos and images taken from the International Space Station, interview clips with astronauts and a live countdown to the next mission launch. Kids can also learn about the NASA hall of fame, and there are really fun links to space themed games and activities.

Download on the App Store

This Is My Spacecraft – Rocket Science for Kids (AGES 6-9)
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This app takes your aspiring astronaut on a journey through space to learn about spaceships, the solar system and more! You can record your own countdown to blast off, or take a picture of a friend with you on a rocket ship and help zip an astronaut into his special sleeping bag. This is a fun way to get involved with space, but younger kids might need some help with the text as there are no audio facts.

Download on the App Store

Solar Walk (AGES 3+)
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Solar Walk is an amazing interactive 3D app for all ages! You explore the solar system and learn more about each planet by tapping on it to open facts. Even the younger kids will love the images and being able to move through space themselves! They can learn about the Galaxy, planets and different satellites currently in space. There is also a time travel option to see how space has changed over the years. There are so many fun things in this app that all the family will love!

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