STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend: July 15

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Between school, homework, practice and spending time with loved ones, it’s easy to miss out on the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. But don’t worry, Thinkery’s got you covered. Here are some of our favorite STEAM discoveries from the previous week. It’s fuel for your weekend.

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - ICEE
Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass.

Did you enjoy a free Slurpee on July 11? Well, you can thank a broken soda fountain for your tasty frozen treat!

Dairy Queen owner Omar Knedlik inadvertently invented ICEEs and Slurpees in the late 1950s. When his restaurant’s soda fountain stopped working, he was forced to put his sodas in the freezer to stay cool. This, of course, caused the sodas to become slightly frozen and slushy… and delicious! Customers loved Knedlik’s slushy sodas so much, he was inspired to invent the machine that creates the icy carbonated beverages we know and love today.

Click here to learn more about the history, chemistry and brain-freezing science behind everyone’s favorite frozen concoction.

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Jupiter and Moons
Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS.

Last week, we told you about Juno’s triumphant trip to Jupiter. After completing its five-year journey, the solar-powered spacecraft made a fairly dramatic entrance. Juno plunged through Jupiter’s lethal radiation belts while dealing with intense turbulence and dodging space debris. OK, maybe “fairly” is an understatement.

Now, JunoCam has sent back its very first photo—a snapshot of Jupiter and three of its moons, Io, Europa and Ganymede. The image, taken 2.7 million miles away from the solar system’s biggest planet, is a promising start to the Juno mission. And stay tuned, scientists expect the first high-resolution images of Jupiter to be taken on August 27. Keep your eyes peeled!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - PokemonGo Pigs

Gotta catch ‘em all… at Thinkery!

Pokémon Gothe viral location-based augmented reality mobile game—has made its way to Thinkery. We’re home to two PokéStops—come check them out!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - PokemonGo Sculpture

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