Science At Play: Leaf Chromatography

We are right in the middle of summer, so the trees around us are full of bright green leaves. Explore the colorful pigments leaves have hidden inside of them. Go outside and collect some leaves you find interesting, then come back here and learn how to experiment with leaf chromatography. Materials to Collect Leaves – …

Science Sunday: Chemical Reactions

Today we are talking all about chemical reactions. There are so many different experiments you can try to explore chemical reactions, and today we are going to show you some of our favorites. Can you think of some classic chemical reactions? How about a baking soda and vinegar volcano? Explore this chemical reaction and more …

Science At Play: Static Electricity

We are starting with an experiment I’m sure many of you have tried before. What happens to your hair when you rub a balloon on your head? That’s right, your hair sticks to the balloon and you might get a kinda crazy hairstyle. That is an example of static electricity. Today we are going to …

Science Sunday: Making Water Clocks

We are building a water clock with you today on Science Sunday. For most of human history, water clocks were the way we kept time. There are records of water clocks dating back to 400 BC in China, all the way up to about the 17th century when pendulum clocks were invented. Today, we are …

Science At Play: Conductors and Insulators

We are trying to solve a little bit of a mystery today, can you help us? I have brought in two squares that appear to be identical. They are the same shape, the same color, the same thickness, so our initial thought is that they are the same material, correct? Well as scientists, we need …

How to Create the Best At Home Field Day

It’s the end of the school year and that usually means Field Day! A fun-filled day of playing, and running around outside with your friends. This year it’s a little tricky to imagine having a really fun field day, but I’m here to tell you it’s totally possible! We are going to take a closer …

Science At Play: Liquefaction

 Materials to Collect Plastic container Sand Water Materials to put in the sand that both float and sink (Blocks, rocks, Lego structures, ping pong balls, etc.)   Build it! Fill the container with sand. Add water to the sand until it is very wet, but the water does not pool up. Place your objects …

Science Sunday: Estimating the Heights of Very Tall Things

Today, we are going to explore how to measure really tall things (like trees or lampposts) without needing a ridiculously long ruler. Remember, these measurements are estimations, so they are not perfectly accurate, but they will give you a good idea about how tall something is.  Measuring with a triangle Take a piece of …