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Binary Bracelets

Using the binary code, you can show off your name on a really cool bracelet, keychain, or necklace.

Bouncing Egg

Change Everything You Think You Know About Eggs! We all know what happens when you drop a regular egg on the ground. When you add vinegar (and some patience), you end up with a bouncy, squishy object!

The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Historians reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Density Tower

Make colorful layers using liquids of varying densities, then experiment to see which items sink or float to each layer!

https://science-u.org/experiments/density-tower.html

Food Inc.: The Dollar Menu

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer. Watch and discuss the economics of the food industry and how the cost of foods affects their choices.

Water Filter 

Make your own water filter! You’ll be able to remove dirt, heavy metals and chemicals from filthy water! 

 

How Does Your Phone Send Emojis? 

The physics of smartphones is a complicated and amazing mixture of engineering, physics, electronics and computer science. 

 

Mentos Explosion 

Are you ready for a blast? What is the secret behind the reaction between carbonated cola and little mint candies that makes such an explosion? Try it! 

 

Plaster Casting 

The Science-U campers used plaster casts to determine who left shoe prints at the scene of the crime. You can set up your own mystery, or just have fun making plaster casts out of anything you want! 

 

Wildlife Research 

Learn how rehabilitators and veterinarians at the Wildlife Center of Virginia treat tens of thousands of wild animals each year and are often the first to notice trends that contribute valuable insights to overall wildlife health using data from the patients admitted to the center. 

 

Celebrate Japan’s Oshogatsu Holiday 

Oshogatsu is the most important holiday in Japan and is a celebration of the new yearLearn about the traditions of this special holiday, and how to make Ozoni, a one bowl soup that is a central dish of the holiday. 

 

Bath Fizzies 

Splish splash, let’s do science in the bath! Make your own bath fizzies and have fun exploring chemical reactions while taking a relaxing soak! 

 

Make a Comet 

Some scientists call it a “dirty snowball in space”. You can make your own comet with a mixture of materials that might surprise you. 

 

A History of Thanksgiving 

Take a trip through time and learn about the origins of Thanksgiving and from the original colonists through the proclamation of a national Thanksgiving holiday. 

 

Strawberry DNA 

All living things store genetic information in DNA, but can you actually extract DNA from a plant and see it with the naked eye? 

 

American Veteran 

Learn about the diversity of people who have signed up for military service with the United States Armed Forces and the various reasons that prompted them to make the decision to do so. 

 

Owl Pellets 

Find out what’s on an owl’s menu by dissecting an owl pellet – a regurgitated ball of undigested food that is part of an owl’s digestive process. Try it! 

 

Native Voices 

Native Americans had established a rich and highly developed tradition of oral literature long before the writings of the European colonists. This program explores that richness by introducing Native American oral traditions through the work of three contemporary authors. 

 

Smooshy Slime 

Who doesn’t love slime? Slime is oobleck’s ooey-gooey cousin, and another example of a non-Newtonian fluid. When all of the ingredients in this activity are combined you get a squishy substance that is fun to stretch, shape, and smoosh. Try it! 

 

Glowing Ghost Jugs 

You can get ready for Halloween tricks and treats with some ghostly decorations for your sidewalk, front porch, or trunk-or-treat set up, by creating cute or spooky glowing ghost jugs. 

 

Pull Back Cars 

Pull back vehicles use springs to store energy. When the vehicle is released, the energy stored in the spring moves the vehicle forward. Can you make any toy vehicle into a pull back vehicle? 

 

Afrofuturism: From Books to Blockbusters 

What is Afrofuturism and what is its place in Black storytelling? Learn how Afrofuturism is more than just “science fiction plus Africa” and the roots of this important genre in this video from the digital series It’s Lit. 

 

Dental Decay

Test the acid levels in your favorite drinks and learn if they can weaken tooth enamel. 

 

Multiple Perspectives

Zitkála-Šá and Susan La Flesche Picotte, worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Native Americans. By learning more about their lives and analyzing primary source documents written by both women, you will gain a deeper understanding of how assimilation policies impacted indigenous people in the past and continue to have consequences in the present. 

 

Lemon Batteries

Can you get power from a lemon? Try this fun experiment at home to find out. 

Fighting Prejudice and Bullying 

Learn how a young girl who immigrated to New York City from Yemen dealt with Islamophobia in this video from FILMS BYKIDS: Poet against Prejudice

 

The Hungry Caterpillar 

Determine what caterpillars eat and what senses they use to find their food in this hands on experiment. 

 

Just Breathe 

A tropical rainforest’s ability to take a deep breath depends in large part on a somewhat surprising factor—the age of its leaves. Explore more about the connection between the seasonal variation in Amazon rainforest productivity and its possible resilience to climate change in this interactive infographic. 

 

Solar Oven S’mores

Before the weather starts to cool off, dive into the fun experiment in which you create your own solar oven from a pizza box.

Diversity In Latino Culture

Explore the rich diversity within Latino culture in this interactive lesson that presents the variety found within Latino food, music, and art.

Debugging the Code

Get immersed in a multi-level adventure game cleverly designed to introduce computer programming concepts and improve problem-solving skills. To save the motherboard, players create a custom hero character and fight bugs!

Popsicle Stick Explosion

Woven popsicle sticks are a blend of art, math, science and just enough mischief to make it an engineering feat of awesomeness!

Tracing Ancestry

In this interactive web activity your task it to complete a family tree by comparing the DNA sequences of Y chromosomes of known men to the sequences of their relatives.

Family Plaster Cast Handprints

Plaster casts are used by professionals like crime scene investigators. Learn how to create plaster casts and cast each of your family members handprints.

Mars Egg Lander

How do you drop an egg without breaking it?

Culture Creates Community

Explore videos about artists and arts organizations that maintain or adapt traditional art forms, and that build a sense of community through their art practices. Create your own classroom community through meaningful art experiences.

Marvelous Meringues

Change slimy egg whites to a fluffy foam to a crunchy solid!

Your Brain and Emotions

Learn about how our brain participates in our social-emotional selves and what students and teachers need to understand about emotions.

Creating Modern Dance

Using the videos from the Dance Arts Toolkit collection learn everything from the elements of dance to ensuring healthy dance practices.

Bath Fizzies

Splish splash, let’s do science in the bath! Make your own bath fizzies and have fun exploring chemical reactions while taking a relaxing soak!

What are the Odds? And What are the Chances?

These flexible interactives provide opportunities to practice identifying simple, compound, and/or dependent probabilities using answers in the form of fractions, percentages, and/or decimals.

Binary Bracelets

Using the binary code, you can show off your name on a really cool bracelet, keychain, or necklace.

Using Technology to Treat Social Anxiety

Learn about ways to treat social anxiety and the elements of cognitive behavioral therapy.

Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

Read to Lead

Try these digital learning games that promote literacy and leadership in an immersive virtual workplace.

Plaster Casting

Can you make a plaster cast like a crime scene investigator?

Caterpillar Senses

How do hungry caterpillars find food?

Amazing Animal Superpowers

Joe Hanson, host of It’s Okay to be Smart, explores animal superpowers, from radiation-resistant bacteria to geckos who climb glass using atomic adhesion to a shrimp that can shoot a bubble the temperature of the sun.

Bath Fizzies

Splish splash, let’s do science in the bath! Make your own bath fizzies and have fun exploring chemical reactions while taking a relaxing soak!

Illustration of Water Conductivity

Explore how water conducts electricity through a variety of experiments.