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Gather evidence from interviews with scientists about comets, then create a wordy illustration of comet characteristics.
Simulate a sneeze with paint, then graphically determine where most of it lands.
Brookhaven National Laboratory provides a glimpse into the culture of the U.S. Department of Energy's summer undergraduate laboratory internship program.
Experience the Science Club's #ObserveEverything project.
A class keeps tabs on fruit decomposition, someone spies mystery in a lake, and a hiker sits down with an ant.
A celestial event, citizen science, and a variety of natural wonders drew observations in week 2 of Science Friday's Science Club.
We observe: you're amazing! Staff picks from the first week of Science Club's #ObserveEverything
Go out and observe something interesting! Submit your in-depth observations with the hashtag #ObserveEverything.
Can you match each jumping spider dance to its vibratory song?
In this game from Population Education, students must use cooperative decision making strategies to manage a renewable resource.
Use two play dough recipes to create "squishy circuits" and explore electricity.
Three delicious math games you can play on your waffles to build math fact fluency and geometry skills, from the folks at Bedtime Math.
Three approaches for using images as gateways to instruction in grades 4-16
In this experiment, you will test a few common household ingredients to see which is the most effective emulsifier for making salad dressing—and you can eat your results!
Map the spread of tick and mosquito-borne illnesses in the United States using real data.
In this lesson from the Chemical Educational Foundation, apply the concepts of pressure and Newton's laws of motion to build balloon rockets.
Add some pizzazz to your favorite clothing and accessories using some wire, tape, a battery, and an LED.
Learn to speak the language of fireflies and invent your own secret flash code.
In this activity from Science Buddies, you will burn some metal salts to investigate what colors they make, then you'll explain to your family and friends how fireworks colors are made!
In this activity from Science Buddies, kids will create their own hula hoops and investigate how the hoops' masses affect how they spin. Which do you think will spin better, a heavy hoop or a lighter one?
Watch footage of a live octopus to model different ways that these animals can camouflage themselves by changing their body’s texture, shape, size, and color.
In this activity from Science Buddies, you will experiment with how a kite's tail affects how it flies.
In this activity from Science Buddies, you will investigate how the chirps of crickets can be used as a kind of thermometer.
Act like an experimental chocolatier and determine how different melting and cooling procedures impact the shine, hardness, and texture of finished chocolate.
Student video competitions engage the minds of future science communicators.
Experiment with the relationship between boiling point and the Leidenfrost effect using different aqueous solutions, a metal pan, and a little baby powder.
In this activity, students will devise an experiment to find out whether chia seeds are still able to grow after exposure to extreme conditions like the ones we may find on other planets. This activity was created by MAVEN Outreach and Education to help t...
An international robotics competition challenges high schoolers to fund, design, and build an intelligent, semi-autonomous robot.
Create a model eardrum to visualize sound vibrations, and then use a smartphone to identify your model’s natural frequencies.
Safely find, build, or hack a machine that makes any kind of art.
SciFri’s Science Club is a month-long challenge in which we ask you to go out, do science, and share it with others.
Teenage girls learn computational design in a collaborative weeklong workshop at the New York Hall of Science.
Learn how insects have inspired engineers to make a robot that walks on the surface of water. Design your own water-walking critter using thin wire, and test its effectiveness: how many paperclips can it hold up using surface tension?
In this activity from Bedtime Math, you'll build a stuffed-animal zip line and practice measuring time, distance, and angles.
Watch an interview with a couple who built a home from shipping containers. Then, design and construct a scale model of a unique shipping container home using printed templates, and estimate the cost of flooring and paint based on model dimensions.
Use the physical characteristics of ice to determine where and how several mystery samples could have been frozen.
Perform an experiment to determine whether smooth or wrinkled fingers are better at holding wet objects. The experiment requires only a water bottle, paperclip, and plastic ruler. Downloads: Video, student data sheet, illustrated instructions
By building their own pinhole camera, students will learn how cameras, telescopes, and their own eyes use light in similar ways.
Explore color by creating color-filtering glasses using paper and tinted cellophane.
In this activity, students will conduct a series of hands-on experiments that will demonstrate how the working of these veins, known as capillary action, enables water to travel throughout the length of a plant. Students will learn how the forces of water...
Use household materials to investigate and explore their ability to smell an odor. Students will compare and contrast results to determine if some individuals have a better sense of smell than others. Students also will observe the Maillard reaction and ...
In this activity, students will discuss the differences between the Bear Creek Wind Park and Bergey Windpower turbines. Students will learn the basic parts of a wind turbine and then build their own model wind turbine out of recyclable materials. Students...
In this lesson, students will be amateur mycologists--collecting and analyzing various mushrooms. Through observation and discussion, students will gain knowledge of the basic anatomy of mushrooms, their life cycle, and their method of reproduction throug...
In this activity, students will sort and classify interactions between pairs of organisms under the appropriate symbiotic relationship of commensalism, parasitism, and mutualism. Then students will observe mutualism in action, as they perform a termite di...
In this activity, students will observe three “mystery” mammal skulls and compare and contrast the features of each skull. Students will learn the anatomical terms for skull features such as orbits, nasal passages, and foramen magnum. Students will learn...
In this activity, students will learn how to prepare deep well slides for observing two types of microorganisms called Paramecium (a group of protozoa, or single-celled organisms, which move with cilia, so they are called “ciliates”) and Euglena (microorg...
In this activity, students will research general information about bettas and use that information to determine suitable habitat requirements and maintenance. Students will work collaboratively to perform weekly maintenance duties to keep their betta aliv...
Geologists are greatly interested in minerals because they can reveal an enormous amount about the history of the geologic environment in which they are found. Geologists can classify and identify minerals by observing various properties such as strea...
In this activity, students review how human physical traits, such as eye color, are determined by specific segments of genes. Students will use basic crafts materials to build a simplified model of a pair of chromosomes that represents some of their own p...
In this activity, students will assemble a small saltwater aquarium to raise and observe brine shrimp. Then students will observe and record the growth of brine shrimp through various stages of their life cycle, and examine their various anatomical featur...