February 4, 2011

Make Lemons Out of Lemonade

by Heather Falconer

It’s been a wacky winter for many of us, to say the least. It seems like every time we finish cleaning up from a storm, another one comes barreling in. While we’re all probably pretty much done with snowfall for one winter (unless you ski), here are some fun ways to entertain yourself with what’s already on the ground.

For example, make snow art! Not only is snow a great sculpting material, it takes to color quite nicely. Use spray bottles filled with cold water and food coloring to give your sculptures some dimension. Or, enjoy using your physics knowledge. Kristen Will and Samantha Stewart in Canada played around to see what would happen to boiling water when it comes into contact with -22 F air. Experiment and let us know what you discover.We’d love to hear what you’re up to!

Heather Falconer

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Heather Falconer holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Arts and Environmental Science, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MLitt in Literature. She is currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on rhetoric in/and/of science. Heather has worked internationally in academic publishing as both an author and editor, and has taught a wide range of topics – from research writing to marine biology – in the public and private educational sectors.