DIY Science

Rainy day blues? Summertime slump? Cabin fever? Don’t worry… we’ve got you covered!

Gather your family and get ready to get scientific, because Adventure Science Center is proud to offer new DIY Science lessons for the whole family to enjoy! Each lesson provides instruction, a materials list, and ideas for activities to get hands-on with science, including sample questions to get those gears turning. Check back for more lessons!

Delicious Density

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s perfect timing to start using
candy in experiments! Explore density with this fun, easy activity.

DIY Water Filter

Celebrate National Water Quality Month with a fun at-home experiment. Can YOU
build a better water filter? Use this fun experiment to find out.

Homemade Sparklers

Do you have any fun 4th of July plans with friends and family? Whether you’re
cooking out or enjoying time by the pool, you can enchant your guests with
these easy-to-make sparklers!

Sunscreen SPF Test

School’s out and summer is just around the corner, which means tons of outdoor fun!
Celebrate National Safety Month by taking a look at how you can keep your skin safe
from the harmful effects of the sun. What SPF sunscreen really works to keep out those
harmful UV rays?

Stumping Stroop

Ready to work out your brain? Can you name a color and read a color? What if the
word and the font color are different? Discover more about how the brain works to
process information quickly with this tricky task!

Homemade Hologram

Missing out on the MAD Bash fun? Here’s an activity you can tinker with at home
and ‘wow’ your friends!

Lava Lamp Engineer

Ready for a far out family project? Get ready to feel groovy with your little scientist
as you craft your own lava lamp using things you probably already have around the house!

Erupting Pumpkins

Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and pumpkin bubble? Get in the Halloween
spirit with this fun, chemistry-based sensory activity based on a timeless classic:

Mr. Potato Clock

Potatoes are great mashed, roasted, baked or in clocks! Yes, you read that right…
potatoes are nature’s tastiest battery. Show your young scientist the power of nature!

Sensory Play with Slime

October is here, the leaves are starting to turn and it’s beginning feel more like fall every
day! Use this fun activity to learn a little bit of science with a whole lot of fun with your
little scientist!

Growing Germs

BACTERIA! VIRUSES! GERMS! OH MY! Use this DIY Science activity to teach your young
scientist about germs and the importance of hand washing.

Make a Mini Robot

With just a few materials from around the house – and a bit of patience – you can make
your very own, battery-powered mini robot! Make sure to say “domo arigato, Mr. Roboto”
when you’re finished crafting it!

Solar Eclipse Pinhole Viewer

Did you know that Nashville will get to experience a TOTAL solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017?!
Get prepared for safe viewing of this once-in-a-lifetime celestial phenomenon by making
your own quick-and-easy solar eclipse pinhole viewer!

Bouncy Ball Bonanza

Who doesn’t love a good bouncy ball? Though they were originally created out of natural
rubber, these days they are made of plastics and other polymers or even treated leather.
Using chemistry, you can make a bouncy ball of your own!

Cookie Champion

Have you ever taken a bite of a cookie and thought “this is the best cookie EVER”? This fun,
hands-on weekend science activity allows you to explore how to make the“best” version of
your favorite cookie.

Make it Rain!

Can you make it rain indoors? Learn about the water cycle with this simple experiment!

Balloon-Powered Hovercraft

Repurpose those old CDs and water bottle caps into a working hovercraft!

Solar Printing

Summertime is here and the sun is shining! Did you know you can create art using the powerful
rays of the sun? Try making your own sun print at home with this fun, sunny day experiment.

Fizzing Fireworks

Looking for a fun activity for the budding scientists in your family this Independence Day?
Explore chemical reactions with some outdoor fun in this science + art activity!

Marshmallow Catapult

3… 2… 1… LAUNCH! Catapults were often used as weapons of war during the Middle Ages.
Use this lesson to dive into motion, forces and energy with your scientist while building
catapults out of everyday objects.

Bubble Bonanza

Are all bubbles round? Why do bubbles pop? Explore the world of bubbles (including bubble
wand design!) with your little scientist. POP! POP! (Recommended Preschool-K)