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Stay at Home Science 

With the science center temporarily closed, we know that you'll miss some of your favorite things like the high wire cycle, the Boyo and so much more! So, we are going to bring the science center to YOU! 

Stay tuned for some fun Stay at Home Science! We will continue to add to this page, so keep checking back for videos, activities and stories! 

As a nonprofit that provides informal science education to our community, we are asking for your support. When the time is right for you and your family, we would appreciate it if you would consider making a donation. These donations will help ensure the science has the necessary funds to continue to operate and spark a passion for science in everyone, as well as to create extraordinary exhibits and programs in the future.


Cabbage Chemistry 

cabbage chemistryEnjoy the sweet smell of science with this activity! Make your own red cabbage indicator and test the acidity of certain liquids!

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Flower Dissection 

flower dissectionAre all flowers alike? Find out by dissecting, or taking apart, a flower piece by piece. Then observe the parts of the flower and learn how each part is involved in helping a plant continue to grow.

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Thaumatropes   

thaumatropeTrick the eye and spin into the world of optical illusions with a thaumatrope! A thaumatrope is an optical illusion activity that blends two still images together to create one!

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Hoop Gliders

Hoop GliderGlide, drift, swoop and soar with hoop gliders! Similar to the dynamics of a paper airplane, hoop gliders are a fun way to learn about things that fly, such as insects, birds and airplanes. How far will your hoop glider fly?  

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2D and 3D Shapes

shapes

Exploring shapes is a great way to get anyone's mind turning! This activity explores the difference between 2D and 3D shapes, and only requires supplies that can be easily found around the house!

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Sink or Float 

Float or SinkExplore density with Sink or Float! Whether an item floats or sinks depends on the density of the item. Try collecting items from around the house and predict if the item will float or sink before submerging it in water!

Try this at home! 

Balancing Gizmo 

Balancing Gizmo

Explore the science of gravity with our friend Gizmo! Balancing Gizmo explores the center of gravity and how it differs between objects. Once you've successfully balanced Gizmo, try finding the center of gravity of other objects around the house!
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Cipher Wheels 

cipher wheel

Keep your message a secret and learn how to encryption can make that happen! Spy kids can create their own secret messages with their own cipher wheel.
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Weather Wheels 

weather wheelWeather wheels can help your little scientist understand how weather affects their lives. From bundling up in a hat and scarf to applying sunscreen and needing sunglasses, weather wheels make understanding weather easy! 

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Gizmo Copters

Gizmo on Bike Gizmo Copters are a fun way to explore the science of gravity and you’ll love watching Gizmo spin around in the air just like a helicopter! 
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Egg Brushing  

egg brushing

Learn the importance of dental care and keeping your smile bright and white with Egg Brushing! 


Try this fun experiment at home!

Water Cycle Bags

Water Cycle BagExplore the four stages of the water cycle by watching evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection up close!

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Paper Plate Dinosaurs

paper plate dinosaurMake science connections with your child as they act like an archaeologist when designing their own paper plate dinosaur!

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STEM on the Fridge - A Week of Math

Little Scientists WeekSpend each day this week exploring a new activity! This week's theme is math! Your scientist will learn what's more, how to measure and so much more! 

Try these activities and download the week here!

Bird Watching Field Guide

BirdUse this guide to learn about the birds and animals you can discover in your neighborhood or park! 

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The Magnus Effect  

magnus effectEver wonder why when a pitcher throws a curve ball, the ball moves the way it does? It's called the Magnus Effect! 

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Paper Tower Challenge

paper tower challengeDon't just build...create! Explore the engineering design process as you see who can build the biggest tower out of paper and tape! 

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STEM on the Fridge - A Week of Water 

Girl with WaterSpend each day this week exploring a new activity! This week's theme is water! Your scientist will see what sinks and what floats, build bridges, learn about colors and so much more! 


Try these activities and download the week here!


Chromatography Butterflies        

Chromatology ButterfliesDid you know that most inks are not made of one but many colors? In this experiment we blend art with science to make a beautiful butterfly! 

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Sun Prints

sun printsWhen sunlight interacts with our bodies, it warms us! When it interacts with construction aper, it changes the color and leaves a silhouette (like a shadow)! Try this activity and observe the sun's energy while experiencing nature and making art! 


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Candy Towers

candy towerWho doesn't like candy? How about building with it! Candy like gumdrops or marshmallows are ideal for building and engineering structures and sculptures of all kinds.

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Tri-Zonal Space Warper

trizonal warperIt won't hypnotize you, but the tri-zonal space warper will make your eyes do strange things! 

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Brick Egg

brick eggHow strong is an eggshell? Eggs seem pretty fragile. Drop one and it breaks pretty easily, however, an eggshell is quite strong, but how strong? 

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Slime

slimeSlime is an ooey gooey substance we all love to concoct, but behind this creation is a science explanation! Learn how polymers make slime so much fun!

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Naked Egg

naked eggHave you ever seen an egg without its shell? Using household items, this chemistry experiment allows you to completely dissolve an egg's shell while keeping the inside of the egg completely intact.

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Invisible Glass

invisible glassThis physics activity explains how glass objects are visible due to the light that reflects on them, but when that light is diminished, the object becomes invisible.

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Microwave Soap

microwave soapIvory soap... why is it the soap that floats? Discover the science behind why this soap floats by putting the whole bar of soap in the microwave. 

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Coloring Carnations

coloring carnations Using biology, coloring carnations amazingly takes white flowers and transforms them into rainbow colored blossoms. 

Try this colorful experiment at home! 


Balloon Skewer

balloon skewerThis material science activity allows you and your at home scientist to learn how strands of molecules called polymers make it possible to stick a skewer through a balloon without bursting it.

Try this fun experiment at home! 

Lava Lamps

lava lampSince being invented in 1963, Lava Lamps make a unique decorative piece in any room, but making your own lava lamp can be a fun hands-on chemistry experiment for any scientist!

Try this fun experiment at home! 

Aluminum Boats

aluminum boats

Have you ever wondered how a ship made of steel can float? In this stay at home science activity, you will make little boat to explore how their size affects how much weight they carry and how this relates to the density of water. 

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Oobleck

oobleck 

Oobleck is a mixture of cornstarch and water that sometimes behaves like a liquid and sometimes behaves like a solid. It all depends on how you treat it!

Try this stay at home science activity!