Science At Play: Backyard Wilderness

As the weather warms and the days get longer, the yearly migration of humans from couch to yard begins anew. Hopefully you are enjoying time reviving your gardens, hiking some of CT’s many beautiful trails, or simply getting some fresh air. In spring, it feels like the whole world is waking up and coming out …

Science At Play: Physics Tricks

Materials to Collect Smooth surface  Large container ½ full of water  Tray   Marker cap  Tablecloth with no seamed edge  Egg Try it! Tablecloth Trick: Set up your tablecloth under your large container of water on a smooth surface. You want a couple of inches of tablecloth to extend past the container on one side. Hold …

Science Sunday: Experiments to Try At Home, Outside

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 …

Science At Play: Homemade Lava Lamp

Materials to Collect Empty clear bottle (any size, but 1 liter works well)  Water  Oil (vegetable or other liquid oil)  Food coloring  Oil-based food coloring (optional)   Glitter (optional)  Alka-Seltzer or other effervescent tablets Small light to place your lamp on (optional) Build it! Fill about 3/4 of your bottle with water (you can always add …

Science At Play: Change the Color of the World Around You

The world around us is full of amazing colors. Whether your favorite is red, blue, green, orange, or somewhere in between, you can always find something that suits your taste. But did you know that light plays a big role in the colors that we see? In this video, watch us explore how changing the …

Science At Play: Make Your Own DoodleBot

Materials to Collect Cup  Markers  Tape/Hot Glue  DC Hobby motor 1 x AA Battery Holder   AA battery Sheet of Paper Wirecutters  Build Your Own Gather all of your materials. Some things like the DC motor and the battery holder can be recycled form toys that no longer work. If you do not have one readily …

Science At Play: Homemade Playdough

Materials to Collect 2 cups of flour  ½ cup of salt  2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (or whatever oil you have)  1 cup of boiling water  Food coloring (optional)  2 tablespoons of cream of tartar Make Your Own Mix the flour, salt, vegetable oil, and cream of tartar together. In a separate bowl, mix the …

Spring is Here Scavenger Hunt

Spring in New England is one of the most magical times anywhere.  From gray bitter cold, through wet slush, Spring emerges right when we need it to.  Often we get a surprise beautiful day here and there when everyone just has to get outside for a walk.  That walk can become so much more than …