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A Swell Activity with Beans
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How much liquid can beans absorb? How does this water affect the physical properties of the beans?

Balloon Rockets
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Explore how rockets leave Earth's orbit and what it takes to make a launch successful.

Bent Toward Science - Refraction
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Light moves in straight lines until acted upon by another object. Light moves so fast, sometimes our eyes can only see light move when a change in observed.

Big Wave
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Marbles are used to show how vibrations “carry” objects along.

Boomerang
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The return pattern of a boomerang is more due to its shape than the motion with which it is thrown. Make a boomerang using a template and test it out.

Bottle "Tops"
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Create visible vibrations using a bottle cap. Observe how the vibrations change with the force applied.

Buoyant Bubble
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A sphere is a very special shape in nature. Liquids form into spheres due to internal forces. Investigate density and shape.

Cabbage Patch Chemistry
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An indicator is a substance that can be used to determine pH of a substance. Make your own indicator using red cabbage leaves and test household items.

Can You Stand the Pressure
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Matter is all around us, pushing on surfaces. Explore how pressure in a container changes rapidly with heat.

Catapult
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Catapults are great for demonstrating transfer of energy. Tension in the catapult will cause an object to travel very far.

Chocolate Lava
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Create a tasty treat to show how volcanic rock helped to form the earth.

Clues about Clouds
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Have you ever thought about how clouds form? Can you make a cloud here on Earth? When warm moist air rises it expands and pressure drops. When this occurs, the water vapor in the air condenses around dust or other particles in the air and forms clouds. You can duplicate this process here on Earth now that you know the ingredients of a cloud: water vapor, dust and low pressure.

Coffee Filter Rainbows
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The rainbows that we see in the sky are caused by a reflection of the sun’s rays in drops of rain. There are also other ways to view a rainbow with the help of water and a few other supplies. You can even make a type of rainbow in the comfort of your own home.

COSI Quicksand
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If you have a liquid in a pan, and you slap your hand on the top of this liquid, you would expect the liquid to splash, possibly getting you wet! But... NOT ALWAYS! Let’s make COSI Quicksand!

Crystal Gardens
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Grow crystals using a substrate and minerals. Observe different patterns of growth with differing methods of preparation.
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Top Classroom Activities

  • Buoyant Bubble

    A sphere is a very special shape in nature. Liquids form into spheres due to internal forces. Investigate density and shape.
    Buoyant Bubble
  • Cabbage Patch Chemistry

    An indicator is a substance that can be used to determine pH of a substance. Make your own indicator using red cabbage leaves and test household items.
    Cabbage Patch Chemistry
  • What's the Buzz?

    Can a rubber band sound like a bee? How does changing the speed of a vibrating object affect the sound of the vibration?
    What's the Buzz?
  • Hover Cup

    Can you make a hovercraft from a paper cup? Explore how air flow can minimize friction and cause an object to move.
    Hover Cup
  • Catapult

    Catapults are great for demonstrating transfer of energy. Tension in the catapult will cause an object to travel very far.
    Catapult
  • Sidewalk Chalk

    Chalk is used in many applications and industries... more familiarly in the classroom. Make your own chalk and learn the science behind this incredible product.
    Sidewalk Chalk
  • Rock Candy

    Create a crystal pattern around a string that is also a tasty treat!

    Rock Candy