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Understanding the Science of Air Overview: Teaching children about air can be a difficult task since air is relatively invisible. In fact, one of the few times that air is truly noticeable is when it is in the form of wind. This, however, does not mean that air should not be a viable topic in your classroom or home; it simply means that you need to be a bit more inventive in the activities that you choose. Learning about air and its properties is an early lesson on physics. It can lead to many other subjects, including eco-conscious topics or even the topic of gravity and will open up a child’s existing vocabulary more than many other topics that we teach children.
Explore our growing cookbook of DIY projects for the workshop, kitchen , garage, and backyard. Learn new skills, find family fun , build a robot or a rocket . Get started in electronics and use new platforms like Raspberry Pi and Arduino to power your inventions.
Here is quick and easy way to make a fully functional miniature zoetrope. You can put this together in half an hour (plus paint drying time) out of easy-to-find materials. I made this one out of an empty Ovaltine container. Materials Cardboard Ovaltine can or similar cylindrical food container.
Please see link for complete demonstration and question. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz99SnUl2lo Picture courtesy of Atoma Figure courtesy of RJ Hall
Use pennies, nails, and a few simple household ingredients to explore some of the properties of metals: Materials
This will show you how to turn an ordinary bottle into a light bulb. This is an experiment and there may be flaws but that is all part of the learning process. I used a Bacardi bottle for the bulb but any glass bottle will do,
Build the best paper airplane in the world! How to build it, how to fly it.
If you’re here then you managed to find me through Twitter or Facebook or found the sign saying ‘Start Here!’ Hopefully this means you want to know a bit more about Science@home, and here is your roadmap. I write Science@home for two reasons: to convince you that science is really fun and you should do it with your kids. to convince you that you don’t need to do anything special because science is all around you anyway. To accomplish this I have four regular types of posts:
Pitara Kids Home > Magazine > Features for kids Look up fluorescent bulb, neon lights, car ignition system, electron microscope, microwave oven and many others - you can search page after page but your search will turn up zilch on Tesla in any normal reference book. In fact very few have heard of Nikola Tesla, a brilliant scientist who lived at the turn of the century.
Have your science and eat it too! Here are science projects that either involve cooking or food chemistry or else use edible ingredients. Are you ready to play with your food? You don't have to visit a candy store to get colorful rock candy. See how easy it is to grow your own sparkling (and tasty) rock candy crystals at home.
Floam™ is like slime with polystyrene beads in it, that kids can mold into shapes. You can sculpt with it or use it to coat other objects. You can store it to reuse it or allow it to dry, if you want permanent creations. It's a lot of fun, but not always easy to locate.
This recipe makes the non-sticky sort of 'rubber' or gelatinous slime that is known as flubber. Difficulty: Average Time Required: 15 minutes
A harmonograph is a mechanical device that uses swinging pendulums to draw pictures, believed to be originally invented in 1844 by Scottish mathematician Hugh Blackburn.
Have you ever seen a liquid magnet? If magnetic material is ground into an extremely fine powder, with a particle size of about 10 nanometers (see Nanoguitar for more information on length units), and suspended in a liquid, the resulting magnetic suspension is called a ferrofluid. Magnetic particles, with surfactant molecules attached, suspended in a fluid to form a ferrofluid. The surfactant prevents clumping of the magnetic particles.