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

Mighty Seeds
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Observe the power of seeds when you try to limit their growth.

Paper Cup Anemometer
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Wind speed is measured by rotation of objects around a central axis. Build the measuring device for wind speed using paper cups.

Push It Out Rocket
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In this activity, you'll make a powerful water rocket. NOTE: This experiment should be performed only with adult supervision. Follow all directions exactly, and pay close attention to all safety precautions. Have fun!

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

Rubberband Rollback
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Rolling an object in one direction usually provides predictable results. Why does this can roll back?

Sidewalk Chalk
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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.

Strange Soap
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Soap, and other liquids, forms into bubbles to occupy the smallest surface area possible. What variables affect the size of the bubble?

Two Lenses in One
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Refraction is the bending of light rays. Utilizing clear plastic vials or tubes with lids can help students explain why it appears that straight object bend when placed half in water.

Weight for It!
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When something “weighs” something, what does that mean? Create a balance to show the comparative weights of objects.

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