Fun & Easy Science for Kids

Gene Stratton-Porter

Gene Stratton-Porter was an American writer, photographer, and film maker. Her stories depicted the natural world and inspired later scientists, such as Rachel Carson.   Fun Facts Gene...

Gene Stratton-Porter

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Robert Frost

Robert Frost is one of America’s most beloved poets. His poetry was largely concerned with the beauty of New England. He loved nature and rural life.   Fun Facts Frost was born in 1874,...

Robert Frost

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Emily Dickinson

“Forever is composed of nows.” “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tune without the words – and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most beloved female poets, loved nature, but was so shy around...

Emily Dickinson

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William Wordsworth

“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” William Wordsworth is one of the most beloved poets of all time. He lived during the late 1700s and early 1800s, a time known in literature as the Romantic Period. His love of

William Wordsworth

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Sylvia Earle

“Knowing is the key to caring, and with caring there is hope that people will be motivated to take positive action.” Born in 1935 in New Jersey, Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist, lecturer,...

Sylvia Earle

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Carl Linnaeus

“If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” Scientists today place all life in neat categories with sensible names that do not change. A few hundred years ago, though, scientists gave plants and...

Carl Linnaeus

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Maria Merian

Like most kids, Maria Merian was fascinated by insects. She loved watching them and learning about them. But, she lived during a time when people believed insects were evil. People thought they were caused by the devil and anyone who liked...

Maria Merian

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Hippocrates

Hippocrates is often called “The Father of Western Medicine” because he started one of the first medical schools in ancient Greece.   Fun Facts Hippocrates was born in Greece in 460 B.C. He learned medicine from his father and...

Hippocrates

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Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley

"Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one...

Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley

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John Audubon

To repay evils with kindness was the religion I was taught to practice, and this will forever be my rule. Almost every day, instead of going to school, I made for the fields, where I spent my day. John James Audubon was anornithologist (bird scientist) and painter. His...

John Audubon

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Rachel Carson

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary in life.” Rachel Carson was a shy, unassuming girl who loved nature, books, and writing. She grew up to be one of the 20th century’s strongest champions of the...

Rachel Carson

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Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell is a former NASA astronaut. He is also a retired U.S. Naval Captain. He was a test pilot before joining NASA in 1962. He flew into space four times in the Gemini and Apollo Programs and is the first person to do so. Lovell...

Jim Lovell

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John Muir

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir was a brilliant inventor and scholar, but that’s not what he’s remembered for. He’s remembered for his deep love for the natural world and...

John Muir

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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is an American former basketball player and also the first athlete in history to become a billionaire. His complete name is Michael Jeffrey Jordan and is famously known as MJ. He was born on February 17th 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. He started playing baseball, basketball and...

Michael Jordan

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Eileen Collins

Eileen Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and she has achieved many firsts in the history of space travel. In 1995, Eileen became the first woman to pilot a space shuttle mission during the Discovery's rendezvous with the Mir space station. By 1999, she had logged in 419 hours in space and on...

Eileen Collins

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Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy was a Russian novelist, playwright. He was born on September 9, 1828 in an aristocratic family in Yasnaya Polyana in the Russian Empire. He was the fourth among five children of Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy and Countess Mariya Tolstaya. His birth name was Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy....

Leo Tolstoy

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Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin is one of the first people to walk on the moon. His birth name was Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. Buzz was his nickname, but later in 1988 he legally changed his first name to this. He was born on January 20, 1930 in...

Buzz Aldrin

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Enrico Fermi

Enrico Fermi was an American-Italian physicist. He was born on September 29, 1901 in Rome, Italy. He is referred to as the ‘father of the atomic bomb’. He received his early education from a local grammar school and at a young age developed a great interest in physics and mathematics. During...

Enrico Fermi

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Yuri Gagarin

Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space on April 12, 1961. His flight lasted just under two hours. During this flight, he orbited the earth once on the  Vostok 1 spacecraft. This spacecraft had...

Yuri Gagarin

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Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-born American industrialist. He was a self-made steel tycoon and one of the wealthiest businessmen of 19th century. He was born on November 25, 1835, in Dunfermline, Scotland. His family moved to America in 1848, in search of better economic opportunities....

Andrew Carnegie

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John Glenn

John Glenn was the first US astronaut to orbit the earth successfully. He completed three orbits aboard the space capsule “Friendship 7” in 1962. His complete name was John Herschel Glenn Jr. He was born on July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio. He developed an early interest in science,...

John Glenn

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Emperor Nero

Emperor Nero was a Roman emperor and the adopted son of Emperor Claudius. His actual name was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. He was born on December 15, 37 AD. His mother was Agrippina the Younger. She was the sister of Emperor Caligula. Nero has always been portrayed as an insane ruler and a...

Emperor Nero

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Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama was the first European explorer to leave Europe and sail to India. This Portuguese explorer was one of the most famous ones from the Age of Discovery. He was commissioned by the Portuguese King in 1497, to find a maritime route to...

Vasco da Gama

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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was an American aviator and also one of the most celebrated ones. She was the first woman and the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She also became the first person to fly solo...

Amelia Earhart

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain was one of the greatest American authors and humorists. His original name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He picked up the pen name Mark Twain while writing for the Virginia City newspaper in 1863. He was born on November 30th, 1835, two months prematurely in Florida,...

Mark Twain

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