Fun & Easy Science for Kids

Michael Collins

Michael Collins is a former astronaut and test pilot. He was part of the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions. He was born on October 31, 1930 in Italy. His father James Lawton Collins was a United States Army Major General. During World...

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Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was one of the influential mathematicians and English writers of her time. She has written instructions for the first computer program in the mid 1800s. She also wrote the program for Charles Babbage's...

Ada Lovelace

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Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev was the first president of the Soviet Union. He served from 1990 to 1991. After resigning in 1991, he founded the Gorbachev Foundation. Since then he remained active in social and political causes. Gorbachev also served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the...

Mikhail Gorbachev

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Pythagoras – Greek Mathematician

Pythagoras was a Greek mathematician and also spiritual leader and philosopher. He founded a religious group called Pythagoreans and a movement known as Pythagoreanism. This religious group worshiped the God Apollo. It is believed that he was the first person who referred to himself as a...

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Frederick Douglass

Imagine being separated from your mother as a baby. Imagine being forced to work endlessly on someone else’s farm or in someone else’s home. Imagine being whipped when you tried to learn to read. Frederick Douglass experienced all these challenges and more, yet he became one of the most...

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Gregor Johann Mendel

Today, we understand a lot about heredity. We know that two brown-eyed parents aren’t likely to have a blue-eyed child. We realize that certain plants will probably produce plants similar to them. But scientists didn't always understand how heredity worked. Gregor Mendel was the first to...

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Nero

Family feuds, poisonings, murders, conspiracy. Nero’s life sounds like something out of a crazy drama, but at least some of the stories told about him are likely true. The last emperor in the Julio-Claudian dynasty of Rome,...

Nero

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Robin Cavendish

Imagine being stricken with a disease that left you unable to move or breathe on your own. What would you do? How would you feel? When this happened to Robin Cavendish, he probably felt like dying. Instead, he developed equipment that improved life for thousands of people in similar...

Robin Cavendish

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Michael Faraday, the Father of Electricity

"Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature; and in such things as these, experiment is the...

Michael Faraday, the Father of Electricity

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Jane Addams

Born during the Victorian Era, Jane Addams could have spent her days, like many women of the time, entertaining friends and attending parties. As the daughter of a prosperous miller, she certainly did not have to work. But Jane had other ideas. She wanted to make a difference. Find out how she...

Jane Addams

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Isatou Ceesay

In the U.S., most communities have trash and recycling services that help us deal with waste. But what if there were no such services? Imagine the piles of trash that would accumulate. This is exactly the...

Isatou Ceesay

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Nefertiti the Jumping Spider

What kinds of challenges do astronauts face? Cold. Darkness. Isolation. One of the biggest challenges is the effects of weightlessness in space caused by a lack of

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known as “America’s Poet.” Born in 1807, he grew up in Portland, Maine. His poems often described American life in the 1800s. Some of his poems were about controversial topics and made people hate him. One poem, “Christmas Bells,” was turned into a...

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Alexander the Great

More than two thousand years after his death, Alexander the Great is still considered one of the most influential people of all time, as well as one of the most brilliant military leaders the world has ever known. He was ambitious, ruthless, cruel, and at times, kind and...

Alexander the Great

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Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone became a legend on the American frontier. With his leather clothes and his coonskin cap, he was thought of as a tough, rugged hero who disliked civilization and preferred living alone in the woods.   Quick Facts Daniel Boone was born in...

Daniel Boone

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Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots or Mary Stuart was one of the most controversial rulers of her time. She was born December 8, 1542 and became a monarch in her infancy. She ruled from December 1542 to February 8, 1587 till her tragic death. Her coronation took place on September 9, 1543, at Stirling...

Mary, Queen of Scots

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Davy Crockett

The story goes that a comet shot out of the sky and hit a mountain top in Tennessee. A baby boy tumbled out of the comet and that baby was Davy Crockett. Davy could carry lightning in his fingers and slide down...

Davy Crockett

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Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder was a Roman writer, teacher, naturalist, and naval officer. He was born in AD 23 and died in AD 79. He wrote many books, including over 160 volumes on botany, biology, zoology, geology, and astronomy.   Fun Facts Pliny the Elder’s...

Pliny the Elder

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Margaret Murie

"Wilderness is an anchor. Knowing it is there, we can also know that we are still a rich nation, tending our resources as we should — not a people in despair searching every last nook and cranny of our land for a board of lumber, a barrel of oil, a blade of grass, or a tank of water."...

Margaret Murie

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James Cook

“The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – James Cook Captain James Cook, unlike Peter Pan’s Captain Hook, was not a pirate, but an explorer, map maker, and captain for the British navy. His most famous achievements were exploring

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Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman)

If you were living on the frontier with no store nearby, what would you raise or grow for food? Johnny Appleseed thought apples were an important food crop. During his lifetime, he sold (or gave away) thousands of apple...

Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman)

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John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws (named after the famous naturalist John Muir) is a modern naturalist who carries on a long tradition of nature study. He has written numerous books and once spent two years painting every plant and

John Muir Laws

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Anna Botsford Comstock

During the 1800s, a naturalist movement grew as people became more interested in the environment. Anna Comstock was one of the leaders of that movement. Her nature study lessons were used in schools around the country. Fun Facts Anna was born in Otto, New York in...

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Florence Merriam

Imagine a time when it was fashionable to use birds’ feathers and even whole birds to decorate your clothing or hats. Now, consider that over 5 million birds were killed each year to support this fashion. Would you be angry about that?...

Florence Merriam

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Freeman Tilden

Have you ever taken a tour at a national park or historical museum? The person giving the tour was likely an interpreter, someone trained in understanding and sharing the history or special features of a place. A good interpreter can help visitors see the value and beauty of a...

Freeman Tilden

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