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These activities overlap a lot with nature activities. Science activities tend to be more lab demonstrations than outdoor activities.

These are all the activities with the activity type tag "Science." There are a total of 47 Science activities.

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Name Description Activity Type Age Range Presentation Style Subject Keywords
Alien activities These are a bunch of miscellaneous alien activities. Art
Astronomy
Science
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
student led
aliens
exoplanets
galaxies
communicator
Alien snot Students will create alien snot using borax and glue Art
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
interactive
student led
Alka seltzer rockets Pour water into canisters, add a half a tablet of seltzer to water, add lid quickly and watch the tops pop! Students will see how powerful air pressure can be. Science all ages demonstration chemistry
Balloon on a bed of nails Students will press a balloon on a bed of nails. The even pressure should prevent the balloon from popping! Science 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
student led
physics pressure
Bat mother smelling game Students will each be given a smell. Some students will be moms and some will be babies. The blindfolded moms must try to find their babies based on smell alone. Cooperative
Nature
Science
Team building
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
model
student led
mammals
baby animals
scent
bats
mammals
baby animals
scent
bats
Bend water with static electricity Students use static electricity generated from a balloon to make a stream of water bend. Science
Water
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
student led
electricity static
Birds without teeth Students will learn how birds break down food, using plastic bags to mimic a bird's crop. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
interactive
birds
adaptation
beaks
adaptation
crop
Blubber hand Students will put their hands into a plastic bag filled with lard. They will emerse their lard hand into ice water. The goal is to simulate what it is like to be a polar animal with a lot of blubber. The lard hand will not get as cold as a bare hand. Nature
Science
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
interactive
model
polar animals
mammals
adaptation
insulate
polar
habitat
adaptation
buoyant
Box Turtle Game Kids hide like box turtles from a predator. Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active box turtle
turtles
reptiles
turtle
predator
prey
Bubble wrap lizard Bubble wrap lizard activity lets children create a Texas Alligator lizard using bubble wrap. Art
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
interactive
model
lizards
reptiles
scales
lizard
scales
reptiles
Candle and carbon dioxide Students will observe carbon dioxide being poured onto a lit candle. The candle will go out! Science all ages demonstration states of matter
air
gas
carbon dioxide
oxygen
Cd star size comparison CD star size comparison lets students compare the size of common large stars to our sun. The model uses common materials such as a CD and a hula hoop Astronomy
Cooperative
Science
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
active
interactive
model
student led
astronomy
stars
star size
planets
earth
jupiter
sun
star
diameter
yellow star
red giant
super red giant
Clam in a Bag This demo illustrates the anatomy of a clam. Kids are always finding clam shell, but don't think about what a clam is. Rainy day
Science
Water
all ages demonstration
interactive
model
anatomy of clam
display
sea life
marine
invertebrate
mollusk
anatomy
invertebrate
models
mantle
circulatory system
siphon
the foot muscle
hinge
Cloud in a bottle Students will be able to observe and/or create a cloud in a bottle. Science all ages demonstration
interactive
student led
water
states of matter
water cycle
condensation
molecules
pressure
Cotton ball experiment This experiment allows children to create their own rain cloud while determining the amount of water a cloud (or cotton ball) can hold before precipitation occurs. Science 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
interactive rain
clouds
weather
rain
cotton ball
rain clouds
cloud
thunder storm
Dissect a rotting log Students dissect a rotten log to see what lives inside. Arthropod
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
habitats
decomposition
dissect
arthropods
decomposers
decay
soil
Egg physics Students will demonstrate how air contracts and expands with temperature. They will attempt to fit an egg threw a small opening in the top of a bottle without damaging the egg. Science 8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
demonstration physics
Electromagnetic nail on a battery Students will create a homopolar motor which will spin a screw on the bottom of a battery. Science 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
demonstration electricity electromagnetism
Evolution Evolution is a game where students all start out as chickens. They play rock, paper scissors to evolve into the next lifeform. Students can only play against the same lifeform. Students who reach the top lifeform, which is a teenager, win the game. Dinosaur
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
model
student led
evolution
adaptation
evolution
adaptation
Fatty insulators activity Demonstrate how an insulating layer loses less heat than a non-insulating layer. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration mammals
adaptation
insulation
blubber
Frog sounds Students will use common objects to create four local frog calls. Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
demonstration
interactive
model
student led
amphibians
frogs
toads
frogs
frog calls
toads
Hairy activity Plastic jars and cotton balls are used to represent the effect of mammals' fur on their temperature. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration mammals
adaptation
insulation
fur
Hearing without ears Children learn how snakes sense vibrations and why snakes rely on this sense over traditional hearing. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
demonstration snakes
hearing
vibrations
Homemade butter Students will be able to create and eat homemade butter made from simply shaking a bottle of heavy cream. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
model
student led
mammals
milk
dairy
buttermilk
butter
protein
far
How strong is an egg? This experiment will show how much pressure an egg can hold before it breaks. It will also teach the children how weight is distributed over a large surface. Science 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
student led chemistry
physics
pressure
surface area
Ice balloons and salt Students will pour salt and food color on frozen blocks of ice. Ice changes the freezing point of water and the ice will melt. Science
Water
all ages active
interactive
student led
states of matter
water
freezing point
melting point
Kid minute Kid minute is an activity where students explore how fast light is. They will see how far they can run in one second and in one minute. Then, the instructor will explain just how far light will travel in the same time. Light can also seem slow. Astronomy
Science
Wear out
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
model
astronomy
light
light speed
light year
light second
distance
Lava lamp with oil and water Student will observe how water and oil don't mix. Add an alka seltzer tablet and you have a rudimentary lava lamp! Science 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
interactive
student led
states of matter
water
density
Lemon battery A battery is nothing more than a device that stores metals and chemicals. When the right combination of acids and metals come together they create electricity. Students will be able to create a basic battery with a lemon. Science 8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
interactive
model
chemistry
battery
electricity
electrode
voltage meter
acid
Cabbage juice chemistry Students will compare the whether common household products are acids, bases, or neutral. The experiment uses purple cabbage juice as an indicator. The cabbage juice changes color depending on what type of household product is added to it. Science 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
demonstration
interactive
lecture
model
student led
chemistry acid
base
neutral
alkaline
solution
diluted
Magnetism and migration of animals Students will understand how the internal compass in migrating animals allows them to travel to familiar places without getting lost. This is a scientific experiment involving magnets. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
interactive
magnetism
migration
magnet
magnetism
migration
Make a fart with science Create a fart in the lab using a rotting banana. Students learn about about bacteria eat rotting food and cause fermentation. Science 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
demonstration bacteria
fermentation
Making paper Students will make paper using items in nature and old, used paper. Art
Cooperative
Nature
Rainy day
Recycling
Science
all ages interactive recycling
reducing
reusing
Mars lander Students will create a vessel for an egg and drop it from a high spot. This requires students to engineer protective enclosures in the same way NASA scientists created mars landers. Astronomy
Science
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
physics
astronomy
engineering
mars
force
Oh dear Half the group are deer and the other half represent resources. If the deer's needs match the resources, then the resource gets "eaten" by the deer and thus becomes a new deer! Cooperative
Nature
Science
Team building
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
active
interactive
model
student led
habitat
survival
resources
shelter
Oobleck Students will create a non-newtonian liquid from cornstarch and water. Students will be able to play with the "oobleck" and maybe even walk on it! Science all ages interactive
student led
states of matter matter
non-newtonian
solid
liquid
suspension
Polar animal adaptations Students will learn about common polar animal adaptations. This includes 3 demos about wings, bird bones, feathers, and air as an insulator Nature
Science
all ages demonstration
model
polar
polar animals
mammals
adaptation
Psychology experiments Students will perform some basic psychology experiments including the stroop effect, social pressure, selective attention, 2 point discrimination and spotting fake smiles. Cooperative
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
65+ (senior)
interactive
student led
psychology selective attention
social pressure illusions
nerves
Slime Students create slime or gak-like stuff using borax and glue. Science all ages interactive
student led
Sodium acetate instant crystals The leader will show crystals form right before your eyes by dropping a single crystal of sodium acetate into a solution of supersaturated liquid sodium acetate. Science 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
demonstration states of matter matter
sodium acetate
supersaturated
crystal
Straws through potatoes It seems impossible to force a straw through a potato. However, with the right amount of air reinforcement, nothing more is needed to force a straw through a potato. Science 8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
demonstration
interactive
physics
Sunprint craft Sunprint craft is a way to make make permanent silhouettes of objects using sunlight. Art
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
demonstration light
chemistry
catalyst
Symmetry in nature Symmetry in nature is an art craft where students create two models of symmetry: Animal faces and fruits. Art
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K) model symmetry
designs in nature
bilateral symmetry
radial symmetry
assymetry
Water crystal polymers Students will watch water crystals absorb many times their volume in water. 1 pound of water crystals can absorb 50 gallons of water! Science 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
demonstration water
polymers
polymers
molecules
hydrophobic
hydrophilic
Water experiments Students will participate in water experiments that demonstrate water tension and water displacement. Science 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
demonstration
interactive
student led
water water tension
water displacement
Who am I One person who is it tries to figure out who they are. The leader shows everyone the name of "it." (For example, they could be superman). It has to ask the group yes or no questions to figure out who they are. Circle
Cooperative
Science
Transitional
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Write in invisible ink Students get to create invisible ink and write with it! Art
Science
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
interactive
chemistry catalyst
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