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The Stardust Mystery Project has free science videos, short stories, books and lessons for late elementary and middle school students. The two books, The Stardust Mystery and Race to the Big Bang won awards in 2021 for best children's STEM books. The science is all about atoms, how they were created during the evolution of the Universe and shared by plants and animals on Earth. The project was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.
Explaining COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines: an Animated Story for Kids
This animated science video tells the story of the COVID-19 messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. It is the story of the first vaccines created using genetic engineering. It is the story of gene code hacking to get our bodies’ cells to produce the protein spikes on the coronavirus surface. The protein spikes will create an immune response without causing the COVID-19 infection. The immune antibodies and other parts of the immune system will remain as protection from an attack by the complete virus.
THE STARDUST MYSTERY YouTube Channel: Science, Game Trailers, and Science Raps
Animated videos about the Universe, Planet Earth, Atoms, The Big Bang, Supernovas, Black Holes, Dinosaurs, mRNA vaccines, the COVID-19 Coronavirus and more. The seven young boys and girls from The Race to the Big Bang and The Stardust Mystery Books and the MissionKT and Building the Universe video gamesm are the stars of the videos.
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BOOKS: Illustrated time-travel adventures with nonfiction science for children 8 to 14 year old. SCIENCE VIDEOS: On the STARDUST MYSTERY YouTube Channel. SHORT STORIES: On science topics from the Big Bang to the Pandemic. TheStardustMystery.com/Educators/ JIGSAW LESSONS: On Stardust (atoms), History of Planet Earth, Our Place in the Universe, and The COVID-19 Coronavirus. TheStardustMystery.com/Educators/ #Best STEM books, #middle school science, #Purple Dragonfly Award
WHAT KILLED THE DINOSAURS: THE ASTEROID THAT HIT PLANET EARTH AND GAVE MAMMALS A CHANCE TO DOMINATE
Dinosaurs had ruled the Earth for 165 million years up until the time when a huge asteroid hit our planet 65 million years ago. In this story, the Cosmic Kids visit the time of that event and see the dinosaurs before the impact. Then they escape to a safe distance in their time ship to see the asteroid hit Earth and create a fiery storm on the surface. They return years later to see the sea life and mammals that survived the impact. But the dinosaurs were gone.
TheStardustMystery.com: Award-Winning Books, YouTube Videos and online Lessons for kids
From the Big Bang to mRNA Vaccines: We are made of Stardust that was once in the bodies of Albert Einstein and the Last T-Rex. Transmedia storytelling for late elementary and middle school students in award-winning books, videos, short stories, and online jigsaw lessons. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation.
THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS AND THE mRNA VACCINES EXPLAINED FOR KIDS
Seven girl and boy characters have different stories to tell and star in different videos. Links are on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Learning Page. Students choose their character and learn what the character has discovered about the Pandemic, the Coronavirus, and the revolutionary genetically engineered mRNA vaccines. The same characters meet to compare notes. Then all characters meet to put the whole story of the virus and the vaccines together. Grandpa has a story on genetic engineering too.
"HOW BIG ARE MY ATOMS" Science Video on the STARDUST MYSTERY YouTube Channel
The Cosmic Kids find out how big atoms are by making Milo's atoms the size of sand grains. Milo becomes as big as planet Earth because sand grains are about six million times bigger than atoms. #Middle School Science, #Science Videos, #Atoms, #STEM Learning, #Middle School STEM, #STEM Videos, #Science for Kids, #STEM for Children, #STEM for Girls, # FREE Science Learning
HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT KILLED THE DINOSAURS? MILO AND LIZZY DO THE RESEARCH.
The key to what killed the dinosaurs was a strange layer of rock discovered near Gubbio Italy by Walter Alvarez. It had a composition more like a meteor than Earth-like rocks. It was 66 million years-old, and while there were dinosaur fossils above the layer there were none below. The same kind of layer was discovered all around the world. Later, a huge crater made by an asteroid 66 million years ago was discovered near Chicxulub, Mexico. All evidence pointed to the killer Asteroid.
A QUADRILLION TONS OF GOLD PRODUCED BY A NEUTRON STAR PAIR COLLISSION
The Cosmic Explorer boys and girls travel back in time more than100 million years to see a neutron star pair collision observed by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in 2017. The collision produced all of the heaviest atoms in the periodic table including a quadrillion tons of gold.
ONLINE LEARNING PAGES WITH SHORT STORIES, VIDEOS AND STUDENT QUESTIONS
TEACHING CHILDREN SCIENCE WITH ONLINE JIGSAW STORY LESSONS. You can teach kids 8-14 years-old wonderful science stories using a jigsaw learning strategy on our FREE online webpages. Each webpage has short science stories told by our seven young characters plus videos and questions. The lessons were created with partial support from the National Science Foundation.
THE STARDUST MYSTERY: ILLUSTRATED TIME-TRAVEL ADVENTURE BOOK WITH NONFICTION SCIENCE CONTENT
We are made of Stardust that was once in the bodies of Albert Einstein and the Last T-Rex. A story all about atoms, how they were created during the evolution of the Universe and shared among plants and animals during the history of Planet Earth. #SCIENCE #SCIENCEEDUCATION #MIDDLESCHOOLSCIENCE #ATOMS #FREEBOOKS #PLANETEARTH #STARDUST #STARDUSTMYSTERY #BIGBANG #SUPERNOVA #BLACKHOLES #PURPLEDRAGONFLYAWARD
THE RACE TO THE BIG BANG Illustrated Time-Travel Adventure Book with Nonfiction Science
The Race to the Big Bang is the winner of the 2021 Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award for Best STEM book. It is the sequel to The Stardust Mystery. The Cosmic Kids had just returned from a wonderful trip to the moon as a reward for their e finish in the Science and the Future Contest. But then their lives were altered by the Covid-19 pandemic. They find relief by inventing new pandemic pastimes. The best pastime of all is new contest called The Race to the Big Bang. #Middle School Science
THE BILLION YEAR-OLD SCISSORS FOR MODERN GENETIC ENGINEERING
The 2020 version of the Genetic Scissors, CRISPR Cas9, is the latest breakthrough in genetic engineering technology. Genetic Engineering gave us COVID-19 vaccines in record time and has the promise to bring us vaccines for many more diseases including cancer. It can also be applied to eliminate inherited diseases like Sickle Cell Anemia. This latest development is based on a billion year-old immune system developed by bacteria as a defense against viruses. (For age 8-14)
BUILDING A HABITABLE PLANET WITH THE SAME STRATEGY THAT SHAPED OUR PLANET EARTH
The Cosmic Explorers are a team of seven boys and girls entered in The Race to the Big Bang contest. They are time-traveling back 13.8 billion years to the beginning of the universe. The contest requires them to create a space station 7 billion years ago. They search for a planet at that moment in time that is the right distance from its star to create a habitable temperature. Then they recreate the events that made Planet Earth habitable. But they experience an unintended consequence.
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST ON A FAR AWAY PLANET
The Cosmic Explorers team if 7 girls and boys, competing in The Race to the Big Bang contest, built their space station 7 billion years ago by creating a habitable planet. They added water from comets. They created oxygen from cyanobacteria and vegetation from seeds, both brough from Planet Earth. But there was an unintended consequence. Their planet was taken over by huge insects. They called the story of what happened Survival of the Fittest.
PLANET EARTH: THE MOST UNUSUAL THING IN THE UNIVERSE
The Cosmic Explorer kids were competing in The Race to the Big Bang contest. One of their missions was to choose the five most unusual things in the Universe. They considered our planet populated by a species called homosapiens that evolved over billions of years. Our species has complex thoughts and emotions. Wey discovered the story of the Big Bang, which started the universe. Such a history seems so improbable that Planet Earth must be the most unusual thing in the universe.
HOW THE mRNA VACCINES USE OUR BODIES' FACTORIES TO MAKE US IMMUNE TO COVID-19
This is the story of how the new mRNA vaccines hijack our bodies’ factories to protect us from the COVID-19 virus. Each human has about 30 trillion cells, each with lots of factories. What is cool is that the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine uses the same hijack our bodies’ factories strategy used by the virus. Another cool thing is that the mRNA vaccines are the first vaccines to be made using genetic engineering. It uses genetic codes to make it work. #Middle School Biology