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DIY Science

Rainy day blues? Summertime slump? Cabin fever?

Don’t worry… we’ve got you covered!

Adventure Science Center is proud to offer DIY Science lessons and experiments the whole family can 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!

Category: STEAM

UNDER PRESSURE by Erin Castellano, Science Educator

Did you know that the air around Nashville weighs about 30 lbs per square inch? That's twice as heavy as the air is at sea level (14.7 lbs per square inch)! Scientists call this weight  pressure . You can't feel this pressure, though, because our bodies are used to feeling that weight all the time. When you swim, water also pushes on you from all directions, and that pressure increases the deeper you go. Here is a fun experiment you can do at home to see what happens to water and... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 7/3/18

REACH FOR THE STARS SLIME by Erin Castellano, Science Educator

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, we here at the Adventure Science Center are looking at science experiments that can help bring some star-spangled science into your home! This special DIY science activity will have you "reaching for the stars" as you learn more about different molecular structures in our world. You've seen TONS of slime recipes and videos online, but what exactly IS slime? Recommeded for scientists aged 5+, this experiment explores the unique... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 6/27/18

ALKA-SELTZER ROCKET by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

When Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner"  in 1812, he mentions “the rocket’s red glare,” but what rockets were he talking about? Over 200 years ago, Francis witnessed the British fleet launching rockets over Baltimore Harbor during the battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. When he saw our tattered flag being raised over Fort McHenry after our unlikely win, he was inspired to pen this song that we still sing today! Create your own... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 6/18/18

Red, White & BOOM Sensory Bottle by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Since our nation’s flag was designed and adopted in 1777, the colors red, white and blue have always held a special place in each American’s heart. Celebrate these three patriotic colors and learn more about the science of density with a Red, White & BOOM Sensory Bottle! Activity Source Materials Recycled plastic bottle with cap Tray with dividers Red, white and blue items to put in your bottle (buttons, straws, pipe cleaners, etc.) Glitter Water Food... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 6/15/18

GREAT CHAIN OF PI by Science Educators

Mmmm... pie! Wait, no, we're talking about mathematic's favorite irrational constant, pi! This infinite number (3.14159265...) is an extremely important tool used to calculate everything from a circle's diameter to how the world works with quantum mechanics. Explore the infinite *magic* of this special number with this fun and crafty DIY activity! Materials: Construction Paper (various colors) Scissors or Paper Cutter (Make sure an adult is present!) Stapler... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 3/13/18

IT'S JUST A (MOON) PHASE by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and thought the Moon was missing? Or that part of it had faded away? Don't worry, it's just a phase! Our Moon is Earth's only natural satellite and, like other debris in our galaxy, it does not give off its own light. It's dependent on the reflection of the Sun's rays on its surface to light up in our night sky. When the Sun is on the other side of our planet, the Moon has no light and becomes a "New Moon," but as we... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 2/9/18

ROBOTIC ARM by Science Educators

Sometimes, an object you need is just out of reach - like the TV remote on the coffee table or your favorite throw blanket that's ALL THE WAY over there. How could you build a robotic arm that extends so you can grab those hard to reach items? Look at the picture for ideas on how you can build a similar tool. You can try this fun activity at home or in our DIY makerspace,  Tinkering Garage ! Materials: Popsicle Sticks Small Bottle Caps Wooden Skewer Scissors... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 12/19/17

POPSICLE STICK BIPLANE by Emily Orbison, Science Educator

The first powered, controlled airplane to fly used a biplane wing arrangement, as did many aircrafts in the early years of aviation. This first aircraft was called the “Wright Flyer,” and it was built by the Wright Brothers. Today, this very airplane is exhibited in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. But you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to see a biplane; build your own! Try it at home or at our DIY makerspace,  Tinkering Garage . ... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 12/11/17

SNOWSTORM IN A JAR by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

Have you ever wanted to harness the power of a snowstorm? Or just wanted to watch something fizz and react? This is the project for you! A few simple ingredients and BAM - your very own snowstorm without the hassle of having to go to the grocery store and buy all the milk and bread in the world. Enjoy this activity again and again as you watch the ingredients mix and swirl in your hand-held winter wonderland! Materials: A Jar Container (like a Mason jar) Antacid Tablets (like... Read More
Posted by Alexis McCoy at 12/7/17

CARDBOARD MAZE by John Haney, Science Educator

Mazes and similar puzzles have been around for thousands of years. They help us exercise problem solving skills, increase memory retention, and are a lot of fun! You can find mazes in stores and even online, but in true Tinkering Garage  fashion, we're going to make our own. Build this cardboard maze at home and use a marble to navigate its twists and turns! Discuss how the force of gravity helps the marble make its way around each turn. Materials: Shallow... Read More
Posted by Alexis McCoy at 12/4/17

DRAW THE SUN’S CORONA by Marcin Chojnowski, Eclipse Intern

As we all might imagine, astronomy isn’t meant to be learned exclusively inside a classroom. The upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21 st is a great opportunity to get even the youngest of your kids to enjoy a great learning experience. This activity has been designed as a great way to get younger children (ages 3 – 10) actively involved with the upcoming total solar eclipse! A little bit of background first… as it turns out we don’t know everything about... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 7/27/17

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