Science Sunday: Demonstrating How the Heart Works

We all love science, and today we decided to take that theme literally with a demonstration of how the heart works. Follow along, this is an activity we encourage you to try at home. Gather all of the materials you see listed below and create a partial model of your heart. Materials to Collect: Water …

Science At Play: Cartesian Divers

Are you looking for a new use for some recyclables in your home? Need an activity the whole family can participate in? We are here to help! Today we are going to show you how to make a Cartesian diver at home. Don’t worry, we know this sounds fancy, but Cartesian divers are an easy …

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 At Play: Fun with Density

   Materials to Collect Clear containers Water Oil Other safe liquids around your house to test Build it! Oil and Water Fill your container about halfway with water. Fill the rest of the container with oil. Now fill a new container, but this time start with oil and then add water. Density Column Find …

Science At Play: Centripetal Force Fun

   Materials to Collect Bucket with a handle  Marble  Big bowl   Try it! Place your marble into your big bowl. Keep the bottom of the bowl on the table while moving the bowl quickly in a big circle. Imagine you are drawing a circle on your table using the bottom of the bowl. …

Science At Play: Animal Communications

Materials to Collect A trusted animal companion (dog, cat, bearded dragon, rabbit, etc.)  Your pet’s favorite treats  Two identical cups that you cannot see through  Try it Out *Note: Feel free to adjust this procedure for you and your pet. You know your pet and your training techniques best. Be sure to keep your procedure …

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: 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 …