The mystery of Benham's Disk
Turn a CD into an excellent spinning platform. Spin the CD with the Benham’s Disk pattern on top and explore the interesting effect that happens. The spinning black and white pattern creates an illusion of seeing colors in the spinning disk. It also reveals an interes..
What can keep a simple structure from collapsing during an earthquake?
How will an earthquake, simulated by shaking, affect a "building" made of linked squares? How can the square "stories" be cross-braced to prevent the "walls" from collapsing? What dangers are there in building above a garage?..
Creating electrical circuits with simple materials
Provide students with opportunities to create a basic circuit, build a portable version, and explore parallel and series circuits!
Curriculum topics: Electricity, conductors, parallel and series circuits
Kit includes: Idea sheet, 10 foam ba..
What's all the buzz about?
Give this little noisemaker a whirl to learn about the effects of air passing over a taut rubber band. As it vibrates, the rubber band can generate a surprising range of deep rumbling tones. How can the pitch be changed? Experiment to find the answers.
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A clever way to demonstrate the transfer between potential energy and kinetic energy
Create a model car consisting of a simple chassis and a straw-based axle system (simple machine) that produces minimal friction and allows the cars to roll with little energy input, making them ideal learning too..
Discover the rainbow of colors in white light!
White light is actually a combination of different colors. This easy-to-build spectroscope allows students to separate the incoming light into its component colors, forming a light spectrum (rainbow). Besides creating interesting color patterns it c..
What makes this capsule jump like a critter?
Build student curiosity about motion, center of mass, and inertia with this fun activity! Use this activity as a tool to discuss the characteristics of living organisms. The reason for the capsule's tumbling motion is concealed by the foil which adds t..
Architects in Training
Design and build a house using different materials. Explore what is possible. Related what exists to dreams of what can be.
Curriculum topics: Problem solving, Design Process, Planning, Architecture, Engineering
Kit includes: 1 idea sheet, 20 cardboard boxes, 20 paper..
Create sound from electromagnetic waves.
Create a working earphone by combining cup lids, a magnet, and a coil of magnet wire. The activity can be done as a step-by-step assembly or as a design exploration. Attach to a sound source and hear music from of a couple of cup lids!
Foil will shine with this art project!
Student artists of all ability levels can use this flexible technique to create dramatic effects. Their creations will “shine from within”, adding a unique dimension to cards, bookmarks and other decorative objects.
Curriculum topics: Art techniques, deco..
Have a blast with this gas-powered flyer!
These rockets enable students to use design thinking and are effective demonstrations of Newton’s laws of motion. The liftoff power of the rocket is produced by a common acid/base chemical reaction that creates carbon dioxide gas; making this activity an ..
Create beautiful artwork using printing foils
Explore an art technique where everyone – both children and adults – can be successful. The color pulled from printing foils can create striking patterns for making cards, bookmarks, and other art projects.
Curriculum topics: Creative expressions, ..
Buy goods on a “trip” to a foreign country with exchanged currency!
A visit to a country’s “bank” gives travelers on vacation a chance to exchange homeland money for a foreign currency. Travelers visit the country’s “store” and select items to purchase from a “shopkeeper” with the foreign m..
A “Note”worthy Sound Activity
Build a Glove-a-Phone to discover how a plastic glove, straw and tube can be combined to make a "musical" instrument. Once you learn the proper technique, your Glove-a-Phone can be heard a surprisingly long way off! Use different size tubes and compare the sounds.
A Balance Investigation
Learn how to move an item’s center of gravity to create the illusion of a gravity defying frog! Use moveable weights to explore what works to keep the frog balancing head first. Create a version with concealed weights to heighten the mystery of how the frog can spin ..