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Science Sunday: Outdoor Experiments

Post Author: Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle

We are continuing to provide experiments you can do at home with the whole family. Since it is starting to get a little warmer outside, we want to show you an activity that will get you outside. 

Disclaimer here: you may want some protective eyewear, and please be careful of what you are wearing – things may get a little messy!

Materials to Collect: 

  • Old film canister
  • Washable paint
  • Water
  • Alka-Seltzer

Watch the full Science Sunday segment to learn how combining these ingredients will create some really cool art. 

We want to see what you try at home. Share your creation with us by tagging @CTScienceCenter and using the #ScienceAtPlay on social media for a chance to be featured. 


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.