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Here's Amy!

Quite Amazing!

Meet Amy, our resident science student here at The Franklin Institute Online. Amy investigates science and technology for us, from a student's point of view.

Below are some of her favorite explorations.

Video Games

She's definitely not a "mall rat," but Amy has been hanging in the Arcade. She took a look at video games: past, present, and future.

Embrace The Space Telescope

Otherwise known as "Hug Hubble." May 22 has been designated "Space Day" and everyone is instructed to "embrace space." So, to help, Amy has put together a tribute to the greatest human achievement that helps us see the universe: the Hubble Space Telescope.


It's STRINGtime. Time to fly a kite. Beautiful April days are perfect for investigating the science (as well as the fun) of kite-flying. So, get your sail and your tail and go fly a kite.

Amazing Women

In observance of Women's History Month, Amy is hosting the "Amazing Women Survey." You'll also find a pre-selected list of women's history websites for your browsing convenience.

Amazing China

Amy explores the ancient art and science of China when she visits the traveling exhibition called "China: Ancient Arts and Sciences." Chinese inventions and crafts really are quite amazing.


Have you ever seen a building implosion? Amy went to watch as two sixteen story towers came tumbling, crumbling down in just a few seconds. Find out how a few well-placed explosives and gravity can bring buildings down.

Amy's Amazing Experiment

Follow along as Amy conducts her science experiment online. She's investigating the effect of acid rain on lichens to determine if they can be used as bio-indicators. Share your own lichen experiences with Amy.

Presidential Politics

Hopefully, Amy won't be the first female president. The United States would have to wait twenty years until she's eligible. By then, she'll be able to follow in the footsteps of other pioneering presidents.

Movie Magic

Movie special effects transport Amy to the most unusual places. Using blue-screen matte cinematography, Amy can go anywhere. Take a look at one of the secret techniques that makes movie magic.

The Physics of Play

Playgrounds and amusement parks are the best science classrooms. Without the principles of physics, like Newton's Laws of Motion, playgrounds wouldn't be so much fun. Amy visited the science playground at The Franklin Institute and went looking to learn about physics.

Going For The Gold!

She may not be ready for the Olympics yet, but Amy is a pretty serious competitor in track and field events. As every athlete knows, your physical fitness determines your success. Amy guides you to some of the best fitness resources available for track and field athletes.

Amazing Brace!

Newsflash: They're Off!
How sweet the sound of teenage teeth being wired with braces! Amy offers a glimpse of the orthodontic care routine she endures while her teeth are under construction. The payoff, of course, will be a lifetime of beautiful teeth. If you have braces right now, you can also participate in Amy's worldwide brace survey.

Amy's Amazing Adventure!

Last summer, Amy spent seven weeks at Camp Runoia in Maine. She prepared an electronic scrapbook for you to enjoy. Some of the best pages are from her trek to the peak of Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. The climb was an event to remember.

Women in Technology

As a young woman on the Web, Amy knows what it means to be a woman working in technology. During Women's History Month, Amy set out to explore the role of women in 19th century technology. She toured Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, a 19th century ironworking community, in search of women's work.

Amy's Amazing Space Facts!

What's life like on other planets? Amy can only imagine. After some investigation, she offered her amazing space facts for calculating your age and weight on other planets. She stayed within our own solar system. For now.

Go Take A Hike!

The biosphere awaits. It's time to take a nature hike. Amy leads the way on an outdoor exploration of living things. The world is your laboratory when you set out to study nature. It's everywhere!

Amy & Acne

Acne happens. To everyone. Why? Amy attempts to answer the acne questions. She did her own investigation and offers her results. If you know anyone who suffers from acne, her information may help.

Bottle Bandwidth Paradox

Fill some soda-pop bottles with water. Then tap out a tune. You may be surprised by the results. Amy tries this simple acoustical experiment for you. The sounds are amazing.

Amy Goes To The Science Fair

Science fairs. People either love them or hate them. For millions of science students, the science fair is an unavoidable event. Amy figured she might as well make the best of it. Her Heat & Evaporation project now lives on the Web for all to enjoy. If you like science fairs, that is.

Egg in The Bottle Mystery

Get a hard-boiled egg through the narrow neck of a soda-pop bottle. Without squishing it. Can't be done, you say? Amy figured out a way. It's messy, but you may be curious enough to try this one at home with adult supervision.

Can Crusher

Amy specializes in discrepant events. During the can crusher experiment, you'll logically expect something to happen. When the results surprise you, that's a discrepant event. You may want to try this experiment at home, but make sure you have an adult nearby.

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