DIY Science in Nashville - Adventure Science Center

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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.

KITCHEN PANDEMIC, by Jason Moeller

How does starch interact with our digestive enzymes? Jason has the answers! And, you can follow along with this science experiment right in your own kitchen. Your browser doesn't support video. Please download the file: video/mp4   Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/26/20

PASTA ROCKET!, by NightHawkInLight

When you mix yeast and hydrogen peroxide together, they react and create pure oxygen gas. When this gas is funneled through a piece of pasta, all you need is a little bit of fire and you've got yourself a pasta rocket! See the demo >     Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/23/20

RAINBOW IN A GLASS, by Anne Marie Helmenstein, Ph.D.

This experiment takes advantage of density to create a rainbow in a glass. When you add sugar to a liquid, it causes the solution to become more dense. The more sugar you add, the more dense the solution is. If you have different solutions that are all different colors and densities, the colors will layer on top of each other — the denser, more sugary solutions will sit on the bottom and the lightest will sit on the top! Check it out here > Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/23/20

TORNADO IN A BOTTLE, by Rene Smith

You can create your own tornado in a bottle. All you need is two bottles, a tube to connect the bottles, and some water. When you whirl the liquid in the top bottle, it creates a vortex as it drains into the bottom bottle. That's because as the water flows down, air must flow up, creating a spiraling tornado. You can even add glitter, food dye, or lamp oil to the bottle to make the tornado even cooler! Check it out here > Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/23/20

BOREDOM BUSTER: GAK! EDITION, by Lil’ Luna

Gak - the squishy, gooey material you can whip up in minutes with just a few basic household items - provides hours of indoor fun for the kids! Our friends at News Channel 5 have the full story below, or you can go straight to the blog by clicking here >   Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/23/20

CABIN FEVER EXERCISE ROUTINE, by The Body Coach TV

Stuck in the house? Cabin fever? Burn some energy and get moving with these free kids workout videos!   Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/23/20

DIY COFFEE FILTER CHROMATOGRAPHY BUTTERFLIES, by Buggy & Buddy

Springtime is here! Check out these easy DIY coffee filter chromatography butterflies made with just a few household ingredients! Learn how to make them > Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/23/20

THE SCIENCE BEHIND CORONAVIRUS, by Wow in the World

Join Wow in the World for a journey away from your screen and into the science behind Coronavirus! Listen now > Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/23/20

DIY RAIN GAUGE, by Sarah Caughron

It's spring, we're stuck inside and rain is in our forecast! Check out this cool DIY rain gauge you can make with just a few household items. See the instructions > Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/23/20

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS! by Bethany Caldwell

April showers bring may flowers! And what brings showers? Clouds! In this DIY tutorial, you can make your very own cloud viewer to check out what's ahead in the Tennessee skies. Download the PDF here >   Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/23/20

MAKE GERMS SCATTER! By Shaunna Evans

Kids will be amazed at this simple science demonstration that shows how using soap when washing hands literally makes "germs" scatter! Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/22/20

THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, by Science Educators

The first thing that happens in the respiratory system is when we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Exercise has the ability to optimize your body's cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, and endocrine systems. Exercise increases the demands on your body and, as a result, your body compensates by increasing muscle tissue, vascular networks, neural connections, and efficiency. This all starts with - and requires - breathing! You will need: A sandwich baggie with a... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/22/20

HEART BEAT THE CLOCK, by Science Educators

In just one day, the heart pumps 1,900 gallons of blood through our bodies! To break this down, the heart pumps 1.3 gallons per minute, which is also 2.4 ounces or about 1/4 cup. In this DIY challenge, put yourself to the test to see if you can work as fast as your heart! You will need: 2 large pots or buckets of equal sizes (at least 1.3 gallons) ¼ measuring cup A watch or timer Towels for clean up Instructions: 1. Fill one bucket with 1.3 gallons (20 3/4 cups) and place... Read More
Posted by Courtney Cotton at 3/22/20

ROCK CANDY CHEMISTRY: The Science Behind Crystallized Candy by Carly Vaughn, Digital Marketing Manager

Did you know that candy-making is really just a tasty form of chemistry? Next time you bite into your favorite sweet treat, consider the time and scientific experimentation that went into creating a shelf-stable, packaged candy that not only stays fresh but tastes AMAZING. Learn more about the science behind your favorite Halloween treats, and find out how to create candy experiments of your own at home! In general, candy is made by dissolving sugar into water to create a solution.... Read More
Posted by Carly Vaughn at 10/1/19
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