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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: chemistry

POPCORN ON THE COB by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Appropriate for: Pre-K to 2nd Grade Science is everywhere, including your kitchen! My favorite snack is popcorn - no matter if you're watching a movie or just hanging out with your friends, popcorn is the perfect treat. Not to mention, who doesn't excited about blowing something up before they eat it? Exactly. Hang up your lab coat and tie on an apron - it's time to for a delicious experiment! Materials Microwave Oven Glass Measuring Cup Water Dried Corn... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 10/29/18

BUBBLING CAULDRON by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Double, double toil and trouble... it's time to make a cauldron bubble! Explore chemistry with your little witch or wizard as you create your own spooky science experiment.  Materials Cauldron (or bowl) Baking Tray Baking Soda White Vinegar Dish Soap Food Coloring (of your choice) Glitter (optional) Plastic Eyeballs (or any other creepy "ingredients") Activity Place your cauldron on your baking tray, making sure the tray has a little bit... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 10/16/18

FALL LEAVES by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

It's fall y'all! The weather is cooler, fall sports begin and apple orchards and pumpkin patches are filled with sweatered cider sippers. One of the best things about fall, though, is when the leaves change color, turning Tennessee into a kaleidoscope of deep reds, bright yellows and rich oranges. There's nothing better than raking up a huge pile of leaves in your yard and diving in to the crunchy, colorful mess! Explore the fun of fall leaves with this DIY activity to get... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 9/10/18

SALTY SINK OR FLOAT by Christopher Earnhardt, Science Educator

If you’ve ever gotten an accidental mouthful of ocean water, you know that our flippered friends live in some pretty salty stuff! Scientists call the measurement of how much salt is dissolved into a given volume of water its salinity . Very salty bodies of water, like the ocean, have a  high salinity while lakes, rivers and streams have extremely low  to zero salinity. But just what is the difference between the super-salty oceans and the not-so-salty lakes and rivers? What... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 7/12/18

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

CARAMEL CHEMISTRY by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Caramel is a tasty treat that has delighted kids and adults alike for over 1,000 years! It was first developed in 950 A.D by ancient Arabic people who originally used it for their hair. Talk about a sticky situation! Now, you can find it everywhere from individually wrapped morsels to Nashville's own Goo Goo Cluster . How exactly do you make caramel? Turns out, it's all in the chemistry! This easy and fun DIY activity helps you follow each chemical reaction as you cook up your own... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 3/30/18

INSTA-FREEZE ICE by Erin Castellano & Christopher Earnhardt, Science Educators

Everybody knows that turning water instantly to ice is a fun idea in comic books and fairy tales, but totally impossible in real life. Or is it? Believe it or not, anyone can instantly freeze water with a few simple ingredients and a little bit of science... no superpowers required! At some point, we all learn that water freezes below 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), but the truth is a little more complicated. In fact, in order for water to form solid crystals... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 12/18/17

MELTED BEAD ORNAMENT by Emily Orbison, Science Educator

When enough heat is added to a solid, it can melt into a liquid! Plastic beads at room temperature are round, with a hole in the middle, but if we put them into an oven - where the temperature is much higher - they melt into a liquid plastic. Liquids take the shape of their container so your heated round beads can now be formed into a new shape! Once the melted plastic is removed from the hot oven and cooled down in a freezer, the lower temperature makes the liquid return to... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 12/18/17

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

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