Science At Play: Make Your Own Sound Toys

 Materials to Collect Plastic cups  String  Rubber bands  Stapler  Paperclips  Popsicle sticks  Index cards or cardstock Build it! Laughing Cup: Poke a small hole in the bottom of your plastic cup. Feed a length of string (about 1 ft long) through the bottom of the cup and secure it in place by tying the …

Science At Play: Kitchen Reactions

  Materials to Collect Baking soda  Vinegar  Plastic bags  Film canister Try it Out Put some baking soda into a plastic bag. There is no set amount, but we find that about 1 tablespoon works well in a sandwich sized bag. Put some vinegar into the plastic bag and QUICKLY seal the bag. Watch your …

Science At Play: Air Pressure Pranks

 Materials to Collect Playing card Empty plastic bottles Cup with a mouth smaller than a playing card  Thumbtack  Mesh or screen material  Rubber band   Try it Out Prank 1: Fill your small cup ¾ of the way full with water and place the playing card flat over the mouth. While holding the card …

Science At Play: Pen Chromatography

 Materials to Collect Tall cups  Coffee filters  Tape   Different black markers   Pencil   Water or rubbing alcohol   Try it Out Cut your coffee filters into long strips about 2 inches wide. Take your markers and color a black dot about 1 inch from the bottom of the coffee filter strip. Use a different coffee …

Science At Play: Pond Water Critters

Four of our Connecticut Science Center campers looking for critters in their bowl of pond water.   Materials to Gather: -A Net -A Bucket -Boots or shoes that can get wet! -Shallow trays/white bowls for observing in -Spoons for scooping -Magnifying glass for observing (optional) -Paper and pencil for drawing the critters you find (optional) …

Science At Play: Homemade Butter

   Materials to Collect Heavy Cream  A container with a tightly sealed lid (like a mason jar)   Try it Out Step 1: Open your container and pour in some heavy cream.  You can choose the amount, just make sure the container is not filled all the way to the top.  Step 2: Close …

Science At Play: Gardening from Food Scraps

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables, but been unsure of where to start? This guide will give you some ways to reuse your kitchen scraps to grow your own vegetables at home! It is a great way to repurpose produce that might be wilting or starting to sprout – those fruits and …

Science At Play: Rube Goldberg Machines

You stand staring at a complex contraption of your own design. Hands shaking with excitement, you question if all your hard work calculating, designing, testing, building, and redesigning will pay off. You take a deep breath to calm yourself, and slowly move your hand to set off the first reaction in your highly complicated Rube …