Engineering Problems for Kids

Hands on activities for kids (grades 3-8) Launch an air-powered rocket to hit a target Make a shock absorbing landing pad for "astronauts" Make a model spacecraft for data collection Build a model spacecraft engineered to collect weather and climate data. Lots of complex finished parts and scissors required, so best for older grades

An $80 Million snail?

Does Marine Biology have value beyond the charismatic megafauna we love to watch? One biotech thinks so. In 2018, TerSera purchased the rights to Prialt, a non-opioid painkiller. It all starts in the 1950s, when marine biologist Alan J. Kohn at the University of Hawaii observed the snail kill small fish. Later investigations revealed a neurotoxin named Zinconotide could be isolated and utilized as an intrathecal pain medication for patients with terrible pain. Recent research ...

Coral in Washington

Washington Coral
Recent explorations into the depths off of the coast have revealed a number of coral species. Coastal Washington deep sea coral, with a feather star atop. Unlike shallow water corals which gain energy from the sun, these corals consume zooplankton. The E/V Nautilus took these photos in 2017 as part of a joint expedition of the Quinault Canyon:

Welcome Desmond

Biochemistry major Desmond recently joined the team at STS. Having taken AP courses ranging from Bio to Chem and Calculus, he's a well rounded tutor who currently has some availability both in north Seattle and online. Text 206-999-0666 or email to schedule Approximate availability for in-person sessions in north Seattle (Sept 29-Dec 30): M: 5pm-8pmTh: 3pm-8pmFr: 5pm-8pmSat: 10am-noon Desmond and Dubs II

Welcome John!

John comes to us with a background in Mechanical Engineering and several years of instruction and tutoring experience. He completed his B.S. and M.S. Cornell and is currently a PhD candid at UW. He specializes in math test prep (SAT, GRE), algebra through calculus, and high school physics.  Some of his most interesting positions he has held includes workings as a researcher at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center and developing autonomous underwater vehicles at Cornell. He can also as...

Check out our feature in Redfin’s latest article: “Prep Your Children for a Move with These 17 Tips”

Moving is an exciting life event, but it can still be stressful – for you and your kids. Your children can feel especially scared and nervous about the changes that are approaching. Whether you’re just moving down the street or moving across the country from Atlanta, GA to Portland, OR, leaving a house can feel like a loss to your children. To help get you started, I, along with other experts in the field, shared some of our best tips and advice with Redfin on how to prepare your kids fo...

Quick tips (no cost)

If you or your kids are stuck on problem, feel free to give me a quick email ( or text (206-999-0666) w/ photos and if I have time I'll point you to videos or webpages that I believe will help. Any elaboration of points of confusion is helpful.