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Light Wave Rainbows

What is light? Brightness, electricity, light bulbs, fire and energy are all different definitions of light. Sunlight travels 94 million miles to Earth to provide us light! Light travels in waves and moves very quickly, light travels at 186,000 miles per second. That is like walking around the Earth’s circumference 7.5 times in the time […]

Make your own groovy Lava Lamp!

Oil and water do not mix and will separate themselves! Even if you try and shake a bottle of them together, the oil will divide into small droplets and begin to float to the water’s surface! This happens because water is denser than oil, meaning that water has more mass in the same amount of […]

Exploding Colors

We offer a fun experiment called “Exploding Colors” that represents the relationship between milk and common dish soap that can be found at your home! Milk has fat in it and the food coloring floats on top of the fat. The fat is all connected with bonds. Think of it like the little pieces of […]

Salt, Ice, and Ice Cream!

On a cold, snowy winter day, you may notice huge trucks spreading a substance on the roads! These trucks are sprinkling salt to make our roads safer and less slippery! More than 20 million tons of salt is spread on the road each year! Today’s experiment explores the effect that salt has on ice! For […]

Ice Cube Fishing & Freezing Point Depression

Sometimes, when we add a compound to water or ice, it can change the freezing temperature of the liquid. The process of lowering the freezing temperature of a liquid is called freezing point depression. This is a concept that those who live in areas with very harsh winters see in action very often. Consider a […]

Solar Science: The Heat is On!

What would we do without the sun? The sun is an enormous celestial body in outer space that warms our entire solar system! The surface of the sun is around 10,000°F (5537°C) while the core is more than 18 million°F (9999982°C)! The sun is a giant ball of hydrogen and helium gas that is burning […]

Chlorophyll is for Smarty Plants!

What’s Chlorophyll? It is a natural chemical that makes plants green! Chlorophyll is found not only in plants but also in algae and some bacteria. Chlorophyll has a molecular structure in which Magnesium is located at the center, and plants that contain chlorophyll are autotrophs, meaning that they are able to create the nutrients that […]

Sundials: Our First Clocks

Long before the day of the smart watch, humans told time using the sundial, the very earliest timekeeping device! Sundials use the sun’s position in the sky to cast a shadow onto the dial which is marked with numbers indicating the time. The first sundial was created more than 5,500 years ago in the year […]

Igloos

The Arctic is one of the coldest environments on Earth. Winters are long with few hours of daylight. The Inuit people must adapt to this extreme climate. They need thick, warm clothing made from animal skins and furs. They make boots, hats and warm jackets called anoraks. The Inuit people build sturdy shelters to protect […]

Experiment of the Day: Bird Migration

During the cold winter months, you may wear a big winter coat, play inside more often, or even eat different foods. We change our habits and adapt to the changes of weather, and animals do the same! There are different species of birds that travel from cold northern locations to warmer locations further south during […]