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Science At Home

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Science happens all around us. Search through our archive of experiments for science that you can do in your classroom or in your home. The below DIY experiments feature step-by-step instructions and use everyday household items.

Use the links below to browse for an experiment by subject.

Chemistry
Earth and Planetary Science
Engineering
Food Science
Physics
Science by Seasons
Big Science for Small Scientists

Chemistry

Experiment Description
Baggie Blast Witness a chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda.
Bouncy Balls
Make this fun and timeless toy at home.
Burning Money
Learn about flammable liquids as you put money to a flame. (Adult supervision recommended.)
Chameleon Jelly
Observe what happens when you combine baking soda, vinegar, and grape jelly.
Coin Cleaning Chemistry
Ever wonder how to make grimy pennies shiny again? Celebrate National Lab Day in May with this coin cleaning chemistry experiment!
Milk Plastic
Find out what happens when milk and vinegar combine.
pH Tie Dye
Use science to give old fabrics a fresh new look.


Earth and Planetary Science

Experiment Description
CD Greenhouse
Observe how plants grow by planting seeds in an old CD case.
Construct a Rainstick
Explore the properties of sound as you construct an instrument.
DIY Anemometer
Measure how fast the wind is blowing by building your own anemometer.
Moon Mapping
Measure the luminosity of the total lunar eclipse like an astronomer.
Mr. Herb Head
Observe how seeds sprout and grow by making this fun environment to plant them in.
Snowflake Jar Add holiday decór to your home with this crystallizing experiment.
Solar Oven
Convert sunlight into heat energy and make your own snacks. Recipes included.


Engineering

Experiment Description
Build a Circuit Learn how to build a circuit and test the conductivity of keys, cotton balls, and other objects at home.
Electro-Etching Create your own design on a piece of medal through the process of etching.
Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday by creating your own illuminating wand.
No Glue Catapult Learn about force as you create this simple machine.
Scribble Bots Celebrate National Robotics Week by building your own scribbling bot!
Straw Rockets Celebrate Yuri’s Night by designing and launching your own straw rocket!


Food Science

Experiment Description
Churning Butter Make your own butter and buttermilk.
Eggs-troidinary Eggs-periment
Watch what happens when an egg mixes with vinegar and corn syrup.
Green Eggs and Cabbage
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this breakfast recipe.
Make a Mummy Mummify a tomato to learn about preservation.


Physics

Experiment Description
Balloon Kabob Learn how to push a skewer through a balloon without hearing a pop!
Dancing Hearts Explore density with your favorite conversation hearts.
Fish Out of Water Fool your friends with this optical illusion.
Han Solo-Cup Sound Effect
Celebrate Star Wars Day by making your own laser blaster sound effect! May the 4th (force) be with you!
Homemade Lava Lamp
A bubbly experiment with cooking oil and Alka-Seltzer.
Paddle Boats
Learn how to construct a paddle boat out of recycled materials. Race your boat against a friend’s!
Pencil Power
Using a pencil as a conductor, make an LED light up in this electrifying experiment.
Shadow Puppets Learn about the properties of light as you construct a puppet.
Spinning Tops See if you have enough momentum and stability to keep your top going.


Science by Seasons

Experiment Season Description
Gobble Gobble Bird Call Fall Craft a turkey and experiment with sound.
Snowflake Jar
Winter Add holiday decór to your home with this crystallizing experiment.
Construct a Rainstick
Spring Explore the properties of sound as you construct an instrument.
Dancing Hearts Spring Explore density with your favorite conversation hearts.
Eggs-troidinary Eggs-periment
Spring Watch what happens when an egg mixes with vinegar and corn syrup.
Green Eggs and Cabbage Spring Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this breakfast recipe.
Flower Prints
Summer Enjoy the colors of the season by creating some unique prints!
O! Say Can You See?
Summer Learn about the Battle of Baltimore and celebrate our country by making red, white, and blue fireworks.
Human Sundial
Summer Celebrate the summer solstice by creating a human sundial.
Solar Oven
Summer Convert sunlight into heat energy and make your own snacks. Recipes included.


Big Science for Small Scientists

Experiment Description
Balloon Blaster
Construct and bring this blaster to your next party!
Bubble Snakes
Try this new way to play with bubbles using materials found around the house.
Climbing Critter
A fun indoor activity to learn about friction.
Density Rainbow
Experiment with household liquids to see what sinks and what floats.
Flower Prints
Enjoy the colors of the season by creating some unique prints!
Gobble Gobble Bird Call Craft a turkey and experiment with sound.
Popsicle Stick Paleontology
Fossils help us learn about what roamed the Earth before humans. Become a paleontologist with this hands-on activity.
Sew Easy
Using recyclable materials, you will find this experiment “sew” easy!