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What Affects Blood Pressure?

Can different activities change blood pressure? Gather a group of friends and try it!

What Makes Food Coloring Dance in Milk?

When food coloring and soap are added to whole milk, strange things happen. Why?

Jim Lovell at the Morehead Planetarium

The astronaut returns to the planetarium that had trained him in the art of celestial navigation before his two moon missions.

The Half Mile Long Microscope

Learn how scientists turn a half-mile long particle accelerator into a microscope in this video from SciTech Now.

History of Magnification

Understand the unpredictable way that innovation works, and explore the cascade of advancements in disease control and astronomy that 16th-century innovations in lens making prompted.

Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

Square Bubbles

Is a bubble always round?

Oobleck

Explore Non-Newtonian fluids – solutions that change their state of matter under pressure!

Dancing Raisins

Learn about density and displacement with this fun, easy experiment. Turn on some tunes and discover how raisins bust a move!

Make a Comet

Can you make a comet?

Density Tower

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

Exploring Hot and Cold Changes

Will a solid material melt? Can you change it back to solid again? Investigate what happens when you heat solid materials and then cool the materials.

Spiced Oatmeal Muffins

This hearty and healthy snack will power your child’s daily adventures.

Marvelous Meringues

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

Mission: Materials Science

The Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science is developing a new interactive website with informal educational content to explore how materials have unexpected behaviors that lead to new, innovative technologies.

ScratchJr

Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.

5 Amazing Stars

While Jupiter and Saturn are aligning to create a bright “star” in the sky on December 21st, learn about five actual stars that light up the sky nightly.

Pattern Power

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

Binary Bracelets

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

Simple Sorting at Home

Turn everyday tasks into math activities.

Pull Back Cars

Can you transform any toy car into a pull back car?

Flashlight Constellations

Learn about the stories and science behind some well-known constellations.

Energy Carousel

Make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.

Blood Pressure

What affects blood pressure? Gather a group of friends or family to find out!

Reaction Time

Who in your family has the quickest reaction time? Thanksgiving is the perfect time to experiment with different family members!

Backwash

Does backwash really happen? Experiment around the Thanksgiving table to find out!

 Marvelous Meringues

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

Pancake Science

Work on some serious math and science lessons while making pancakes.

Mason Jar Whipped Cream

Whip liquid cream into a solid with this easy and delicious kitchen science activity!

Do leaves breathe?

In this experiment, create an environment where you can see this carbon dioxide/oxygen exchange happening in leaves!

Can you “water” plants with other liquids?

What happens when you replace water with other types of liquids?

How do plants “drink” water?

You may know that you have to water plants to keep them alive, but how do plants get water from the soil into the parts they need?

Pull Back Cars

Can you transform a toy car into a pull back car?

Energy Carousel

Make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.

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!

Smooshy Slime

Make a squishy substance that is fun to stretch, shape, and smoosh.

Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

Oobleck

Can something be both a solid and a liquid?

Mentos® Explosion

How does a soda geyser work?

Foam Fountain

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with a few household ingredients!

Exploding Baggies

Combine a liquid and a solid and watch the chemical reaction that’s BIGGER than the components themselves!

Owl Pellets

What’s in an owl pellet?

Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day?

Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

Marvelous Meringues

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

Pancake Science

Work on some serious math and science lessons while making pancakes.

Mason Jar Whipped Cream

Whip liquid cream into a solid with this easy and delicious kitchen science activity!

Dental Decay

Test the acid levels in your favorite drinks with pH test strips, then soak shark teeth or eggshells in each drink to see if the acid weakens tooth enamel. Try it!

Blood Pressure

Learn how to use a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff to measure blood pressure. Can different activities change blood pressure? Gather a group of friends and try it!

Does Backwash really happen?

Does saliva really wash back into the milk carton from your mouth when you take a drink? Test it for yourself using powdered drink mix and see what happens!