A famous proverb states that a picture is worth a thousand words and an experiment is worth a thousand pages – yes, exactly! There is no substitute for an experiment when it comes to learning of anything, especially so, for science.


M S L focuses on gaining knowledge through research. Scientific learning is tied directly to state learning standards (Essential Knowledge and Skills) and is scheduled so that teachers have time to take up new concepts and design ways to transfer the essential concepts to their students on a regular basis.


One of the most valuable experiences for young scientists is the opportunity to discuss their research with established members of the scientific community. A panel of experts in education and the scientific community evaluates your inquiry project through all levels of the national science fair program. Your project is evaluated for it’s significance, soundness, and creativity of work.

Why does tape ‘Screech’ when you peel it off?
Scientists have been investigating the source of this appalling noise since the 1990s, and have being amazed by the complexity of the phenomenon. Put simply, it’s causes when the tape is peeled off at a speed and angle that causes the glue to intermittently stick then slip, creating jagged, unpleasant sound waves

What is the Earth’s axis tilted?

The Earth, just like all the planets of the Solar System (except Mercury), has a rotation axis that is tilted with respect to its orbit around the Sun. Astronomers propose that this is due to energetic collisions between ‘Planetesimals’. These small bodies eventually coalesced to form the planets, knocking them off the perpendicular orientation they would naturally have. Uranus is one example of a planet that has a very large axial tilt, which may be the result of a series of such collisions.

Why does a banana skin get thinner as it ripens?
Bananas are cultivated form of plantain. In the wild, birds and bats are the main seed dispersers of plantains. While the fruit is developing, it is protected by a thick skin that keeps insects out. As the seeds become ripe, the fruit starts to absorb water from the inside of the skin, which causes the cells of the skin to collapse and lose rigidity. This makes it easier for animals to tear them open and carry off the little seed along with a mouthful of banana.

MSL Approach

  • Do it to understand it.

  • Seeing a believing.

  • Learning while experimenting.

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