Science Sunday: Experiments to Try At Home, Outside

Post Author: Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle

Happy Monday! Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy some fun science activities. We all know the sun is powerful, right? Today we want to show you just how powerful it can be, with two simple activities using materials you have in your home already. Watch the full Science Sunday video to learn how you can use the sun to create artwork and cook, all with just a few simple materials already found in your home. 

Solar Artwork Supplies:

  • Black construction paper
  • Collection of materials found in your backyard (rocks, leaves, sticks, etc.)
  • A bright, sunny day

Solar Oven Supplies:

  • Empty cardboard box
  • Aluminum foil OR black construction paper
  • Plastic wrap
  • A bright, sunny day

Watch the full video to learn more about how you can do these activities at home. 

Want even more at home activities for the entire family? Visit our blog, Down To A Science, for a full list of STEM activities to try at home.


Aoife Ryle is a STEM Educator at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition to working with school groups, she works with our Teen Program, Overnights department, and shoots weekly science segments for WFSB. She has a degree in Bioengineering from the University of Maine and has a personal interest in the life sciences and engineering which makes bioengineering a perfect crossover.


Mark Dixon is a meteorologist on WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News and a host of the weekly Science Sunday segments with the Connecticut Science Center. He has been nominated for several Emmy awards for weather anchoring and has won awards from the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association and the American Meteorological society.

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