Science Activities at Home

Everyone can be a scientist!

Looking for quick, fun, at-home STEM and science activities that don’t require a lab? Grab a few materials from around your home, then start experimenting. You may need a grown-up for some of these DIY activities—have fun exploring science together.

What do you see when you look up at the night sky?
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Make an edible model showing how glaciers shape the land around them.
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Find out what happens to your heart rate when you get scared.
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Discover how sound waves work by making your own instrument.
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Observe microscopic mushroom spores by making an art print!
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What surface is the best for sticking and unsticking an adhesive note?
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Collect clean water from plants using evaporation and condensation.
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Look up! Can you find examples of different clouds in the sky?
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Create your own rainbow in a bottle to explore the physics of light!
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What sounds can you hear? Where are they coming from?
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Want to investigate fingerprints, just like a detective? Use chemistry!
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Become a structural engineer—and see your bricks survive the fall!
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Discover how to stay warm like a walrus—keeping heat in and cold out!
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Create your own unique fossil molds and casts at home!
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Help pollinators find a home by creating a place for cavity-nesting bees.
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Observe chemical reactions using baking materials in the kitchen.
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Take real-life science data and turn it into graphs about trout populations.
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Produce a luminescent spark using only your teeth and a minty treat.
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Learn to predict the weather by observing changes in air pressure.
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Alive? Or just acting alive? Use biological and chemical reactions to find out!
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Create a colorful chemical reaction with milk, food coloring, and dish soap!
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Use sound waves and a little water to make a wine glass sing!
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Did you know everyone has a hole in their vision? Can you find yours?
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Create a neutrally-buoyant "plankton" that barely floats or sinks slowly!
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Can you poke a sharp skewer through a balloon without popping it?
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Do you love music? Make your very own membranophone at home!
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Invisible microbes are everywhere—make some with Play-Doh!
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Test your design skills! Will your bridge survive an earthquake?
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Seeds are alive! Discover if they require light (or not) to germinate.
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Think you're fast? Find out how your speed compares to a dog!
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Learn how hot water, sugar, and precipitation creates crystals!
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Inflate a balloon with sugar and yeast in this easy kitchen experiment.
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Use clear language to make a complex idea more understandable!
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Learn how to separate and uncoil strands of DNA using fruit and juice!
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Discover how mountains can change the air and cause rain to fall!
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Go outside and find out out what's living in your backyard.
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Learn about the pieces of a flower and how pollinators help it reproduce.
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Discover how the Sun bends space—making planets orbit around it!
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Grab a grown-up and make a cloud using steam, ice, and a match!
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OMSI At Home science videos, activities, and programs are supported by funding from Genentech.

 

 

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