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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: engineering

GOLF TEE GAME by Science Educators

Appropriate for:  5 th Grade to Adult* *This project includes the use of power tools. Adult supervision recommended. If you've ever visited a Cracker Barrel, you've likely challenged yourself to their low-tech triangle golf tee game. Bring that fun challenge home by crafting one of your own! Follow their traditional format or invent a new game of your own (like a water gun golf ball carnival challenge). Materials Golf tees Piece of wood ... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 1/9/19

TINKER TRAYS by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

What is a tinker? The short answer is YOU! A tinker is someone who makes things and finds solutions to everyday problems. This simple DIY activity will help you create fun and customizeable trays that get your little builder tinkering in no time... no matter the weather! Materials Tray with Dividers (A muffin tin works great!) Paper Pencil Craft Supplies You Already Have (This is where YOU decide what to tinker!) Activity Have your little one... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 8/27/18

OIL SPILL CLEAN UP by Olivia Poindexter, Early Childhood Intern

Have you ever helped your parents clean up a spill at home? Our oceans can sometimes have spills too, but, unlike a splash of milk or a puddle of soda pop, these spills can cause some real problems. As our cities grow and more people get cars to drive around, we need more fuel for power and this fuel can come from an "off-shore" oil rig. These rigs are engineered with extreme care, but accidents happen, causing oil to spill into the ocean, threatening the animals... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 7/17/18

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

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

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

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

GRAVITY CAR by Science Educators

What makes a car go fast? You might imagine a race car with a really powerful engine, but the cars made for our Tinkering Garage track are powered by the force of gravity. On Earth, gravity is constant (always the same). So you can’t increase the amount of gravity, but is there another way to make the car go faster? Materials: Nails Bottle Caps (or other "wheels") Clothespins Cardboard Plastic Beads Masking Tape Additional Hardware (to add weight)... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 11/27/17

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