Stranger Things

A new series on Netflix. Stranger Things

This is a short series (season 1 is eight episodes). that we were able to watch with my whole family. I have a  middle school son whom I consider will adjusted in life.

My wife was given this recommendation from a friend that has three children younger then middle school.

The series is centered around a missing child and a mysterious girl that shows up.

We are half way through the series and it has some very interesting plot lines going on. I am enjoying it and just thought I would shoot out a word of encouragement to check it out if you have Netflix.


Mike Lynch Astronomy

Last Tuesday my son and I went out to a star watch gathering. It was put on by Mike Lynch. His website is linked below. Mike is a really nice guy and taught all the people alot of things about the stars and astronomy.  His website has some really good information. And if you are wanting to buy a telescope, he has a buying guide. His site also has star maps. He also has some good links for other sites.

Mike started the night by asking what people knew about the constellations, how many we knew. Most people in the room thought that they knew one or two for sure. But they were wrong, they thought that the big dipper was considered a constellation.

He explained where to start your star gazing. (start with what you know) the big dipper or Ursa Major (The Big Bear). He included a hand-out that you (basically anyone) could follow from that point to a few others.

He gave some great stories about a few of the constellations and how they got the names or the myth on how they got up in the sky.

all in all it was a great night except for the fact that it was cloudy and we did not get a chance to really look at anything through his giant telescopes. Other then a tower light in the distance.

He did however tell us about the Moon, Venus and Jupiter coming together and so it was clear tonight and the 8 year old and I took a look. He was very excited.

Contact Mike

Mike’s Telescope Guide

Mike’s Favorite Links

Come on out and make the stars your old friends!

Email Mike:

Collect all of the Mike Lynch Starwatch books including Minnesota Starwatch, Pennsylvania, New York. new England, Michigan, Wisconsin, Dakotas, Montana, Oregon, and Washington State Starwatch!

via Mike Lynch Astronomy Website

Welcome – Google Science Fair

I am thinking about this for my eight year old.


Have you asked a question today? What did you do with it?

Did it take you somewhere new? Did it bring you here?

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from the four corners of the globe. Anybody and everybody between 13 and 18 can enter. All you need is an idea.

Geniuses are not always A-grade students. We welcome all mavericks, square-pegs and everybody who likes to ask questions. Simply upload your project here to win some life changing prizes.

Everyone has a question. What’s yours?

Get involved

via Welcome – Google Science Fair.

via Welcome – Google Science Fair.