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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!

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ROCKETS RED GLARE by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

3... 2... 1... BLAST OFF! "By the rockets' red glare..." is a famous verse and favorite of ours from our National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." What better way to celebrate this awesome song and our nation's birthday than with your own little rocket scientist? Learn about propulsion together as you try out this fun and simple DIY experiment at home!  Materials Two Chairs String Straw (plastic or reusable) Tape Red Balloon ... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 7/3/18

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

BUTTERFLY FEEDER by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

What’s the buzz? Spring is here, and that means all the wildlife is a flutter. What better way to celebrate this impressive season than by making a butterfly feeder. With simple items found around the house, you can make a one of a kind butterfly feeder and become the hero of your backyard. Materials Plastic Cup Scissors A Piece of String Cotton Ball A Plastic Bag (A colorful one works best!) Sugar Water Activity Using your scissors, carefully... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 6/2/18

BUBBLE FIREWORKS by Erin Castellano, Science Educator

When you think of the 4th of July, what is the first thing you think of? America? Freedom? Most people think about those bright colorful explosions in the sky... fireworks! Fireworks have been a staple in our yearly celebration of America the Beautiful since the year after we declared independence from British rule in 1776. These spectacular, glittering explosions light up the night sky and remind us how special our country really is. There's no doubt about it, fireworks are fun, but... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 6/2/18

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

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

BUILD YOUR OWN PADDLE BOAT by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Full STEAM ahead! Add some splishy-splashy playtime to your learning with this fun and simple DIY engineering activity. Learn now to design and build your very own paddle boat just like an engineer using objects and tools found around your home. This is a great project to do either outside in an inflatable pool or inside in your bathtub! No matter the weather, you can have fun making waves and learning more about engineering! Want to experience more engineering fun? Join us the week of... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 2/13/18

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

WOBBLE BOT by Science Educators

We've all wanted our very own robot and now you can learn to make your own! All you need is a few supplies to create a wibbly wobble bot. Use the photo to help with your design and then evaluate and determine what method works best for you. Be creative! Make your wobble bot your own with fun designs, add markers to make it draw cool designs, or even get silly with googly eyes. Your only limit is your imagination! Have fun with this diy activity at home or join us in the ... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 1/5/18

STORYBOOK STEM: THREE LITTLE PIGS by Science Educators

Haven't had a chance to try a Storybook STEM Challenge in the  Tinkering Garage  yet? Specially-designed for early childhood learners, these activities help bring favorite stories to life while also providing valuable teaching moments. Try your hands at our Three Little Pigs' House challenge at home! Can you help the three little pigs by building their houses to keep them safe from the wolf's powerful blow? Materials: Straws (20) Tape Paper Pencil ... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 12/29/17

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
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