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Liz Heinecke

Liz Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first caterpillar.

After working in molecular biology research for ten years and getting her master’s degree, she left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon, she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids, journaling their experiments and adventures on her website KitchenPantryScientist.com.

Her enthusiasm for science soon led to regular appearances on Twin Cities television stations, the creation of kidscience app, and the publication of her first book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Quarry Books 2014). Her latest book, Outdoor Science Labs for Kids, was published in June 2016.   

When she’s not driving her kids around, you’ll find Liz at home in Minnesota doing science outreach, experimenting, writing, singing, playing banjo, painting, running, and doing almost anything else to avoid housework.

She graduated from Luther College where she studied art and biology. Liz received her master’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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by Liz Heinecke
Teach your child about symmetry and turn patterns into prints with this simple art-meets-nature science project.
by Liz Heinecke
Seeking a snow day activity? Blow up balloons in the snow with help from a few pantry items, and teach your kids about the reactions.
by Liz Heinecke
Add some sparkling science to your child’s holiday by making dazzling crystal snowflakes together.
by Liz Heinecke
This fun kid-friendly science and art project is a great way to teach your children about paper.
by Liz Heinecke
With just a some simple stitch work, your child can transform regular knit gloves into ones that work with touch screens.
by Liz Heinecke
Your kids will love this science experiment color-changing, bubbling concoction.
by Liz Heinecke
Teach your child how to use cranberries to write a secret message in this fun science experiment.
by Liz Heinecke
Set out with your children at twilight to explore the scents and sounds of nature during fall.
by Liz Heinecke
Sometimes gross things are just right — like this Halloween inspired science activity.
by Liz Heinecke
Do this simple science experiment with your kids to bring gummy worms to life!

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