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DIY Science

Rainy day blues? Summertime slump? Cabin fever?

Don’t worry… we’ve got you covered!

Adventure Science Center is proud to offer DIY Science lessons and experiments the whole family can enjoy! Each lesson provides instruction, a materials list, and ideas for activities to get hands-on with science, including sample questions to get those gears turning. Check back for more lessons!

ROCK CANDY CHEMISTRY: The Science Behind Crystallized Candy by Carly Vaughn, Digital Marketing Manager

Did you know that candy-making is really just a tasty form of chemistry? Next time you bite into your favorite sweet treat, consider the time and scientific experimentation that went into creating a shelf-stable, packaged candy that not only stays fresh but tastes AMAZING. Learn more about the science behind your favorite Halloween treats, and find out how to create candy experiments of your own at home! In general, candy is made by dissolving sugar into water to create a solution.... Read More
Posted by Carly Vaughn at 10/1/19

APPLE ANALYSIS by Carly Vaughn, Digital Marketing Manager

Fall is finally here! Let’s celebrate the changing of the season with an experiment involving one of the best parts of autumn: apples!  Whether you’ve picked them yourself, picked them up at a farmer’s market or just snag some from the grocery store, apples provide a great opportunity for more than just healthy snacks. You can use apples for at-home, hands-on science that explores the effect of different environments on these tasty treats. Appropriate for: Pre-K... Read More
Posted by Carly Vaughn at 9/19/19

GOLF TEE GAME by Science Educators

Appropriate for:  5 th Grade to Adult* *This project includes the use of power tools. Adult supervision recommended. If you've ever visited a Cracker Barrel, you've likely challenged yourself to their low-tech triangle golf tee game. Bring that fun challenge home by crafting one of your own! Follow their traditional format or invent a new game of your own (like a water gun golf ball carnival challenge). Materials Golf tees Piece of wood ... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 1/9/19

DIY CHECKERBOARD by Science Educators

Appropriate for: Kindergarten to 5 th Grade Using simple materials you can find around the house, we challenge you to craft a one-of-a-kind checkerboard that’s sure to impress your friends! Materials Pieces of cardboard Your choice of materials for making checkers (12 one color, 12 another color) Markers Scissors Hot glue gun Ruler Pencil Brainstorm How can you make your own checkerboard with alternating colored tiles? What might you need to... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 1/4/19

CANDY CANE CAPER by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

Appropriate for: Pre-K to Kindergarten The winter season is here, bringing all the lights and cheer! Snowmen and reindeer are all around, and a winter caper has been found. It’s minty and sweet, and some say a tasty treat… We know that crunching and munching on a candy cane will make it disappear. But, what happens if we add a little science? Could candy canes dissolve faster in different liquids? Materials Five small candy canes 5 jars 1 cup of soda ... Read More
Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 12/7/18

POPCORN ON THE COB by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Appropriate for: Pre-K to 2nd Grade Science is everywhere, including your kitchen! My favorite snack is popcorn - no matter if you're watching a movie or just hanging out with your friends, popcorn is the perfect treat. Not to mention, who doesn't excited about blowing something up before they eat it? Exactly. Hang up your lab coat and tie on an apron - it's time to for a delicious experiment! Materials Microwave Oven Glass Measuring Cup Water Dried Corn... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 10/29/18

BUBBLING CAULDRON by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Double, double toil and trouble... it's time to make a cauldron bubble! Explore chemistry with your little witch or wizard as you create your own spooky science experiment.  Materials Cauldron (or bowl) Baking Tray Baking Soda White Vinegar Dish Soap Food Coloring (of your choice) Glitter (optional) Plastic Eyeballs (or any other creepy "ingredients") Activity Place your cauldron on your baking tray, making sure the tray has a little bit... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 10/16/18

PUMPKIN PARTS by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

Have no fear, Halloween is almost here! What better way to celebrate the season than by grabbing a pumpkin and creating a jack-o-lantern to decorate your stoop? Instead of throwing away all those ooey-gooey pumpkin parts, use them to learn more about fall's favorite fruit with this not-so-spooky DIY activity! Materials Pumpkin Knife (Adult needed for this one!) Printable Activity Worksheet Click on the link above to print out your activity sheet! Once you have that... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 9/25/18

SHADOW PUPPETS by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Shorter days don't have to mean less play time! Shadow puppets are a great way to get your little one crafting and playing, even when after the sun has set. Take advantage of the darker evenings with this fun DIY activity that explores light, shadow and good, old fashioned storytime fun! Materials Lamp Cardstock Tape Pencil Scissors Skewers or Chopsticks White or Light-Colored Wall Activity First things first, you need a story! Use your favorite... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 9/17/18

FALL LEAVES by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

It's fall y'all! The weather is cooler, fall sports begin and apple orchards and pumpkin patches are filled with sweatered cider sippers. One of the best things about fall, though, is when the leaves change color, turning Tennessee into a kaleidoscope of deep reds, bright yellows and rich oranges. There's nothing better than raking up a huge pile of leaves in your yard and diving in to the crunchy, colorful mess! Explore the fun of fall leaves with this DIY activity to get... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 9/10/18

TINKER TRAYS by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

What is a tinker? The short answer is YOU! A tinker is someone who makes things and finds solutions to everyday problems. This simple DIY activity will help you create fun and customizeable trays that get your little builder tinkering in no time... no matter the weather! Materials Tray with Dividers (A muffin tin works great!) Paper Pencil Craft Supplies You Already Have (This is where YOU decide what to tinker!) Activity Have your little one... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 8/27/18

HANDHELD CONSTELLATIONS by Anna Goolsby, Marketing Assistant

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and saw shapes in the stars? You're not alone! Since the beginning, humans have used these shapes, called constellations , to schedule their crops, track the seasons and tell stories to each generation. This activity lets you and your little astronomer explore these constellations as you create some of your own! Materials Star Chart (Get a free printout here !) Flashlight Muffin/Cupcake Baking Liner Toothpick Rubber Band ... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 8/17/18

BUILD A SPACESUIT by Osvaldo Gonzalez, Science Educator

Have you ever wondered why spacesuits are so bulky? It's clear that spacesuits aren't a fashion statement, but they're a vital "accessory" to an astronaut's survival in space. Learn more about spacesuits and how they protect their wearers in this fun, DIY activity! Materials Plastic Frame (or basket) Drinking Straw (single use, metal or glass) Tissue Paper Scissors Tape Popcorn Kernel Goggles (or other protective eyewear) Activity ... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 8/14/18

CRATER CREATION by Bethany Caldwell, Science Educator

August is for the astronauts. This month, we're exploring everything SPACE and what better way to start than with a trip to our only natural satellite, the Moon! The Moon's surface is full of big holes called craters which give it that distinct "Man in the Moon" apperance. Get your little one ready for their first moonwalk as you learn more about how these craters are formed with this fun and easy DIY activity!  Materials Small Container  Sand or Pay... Read More
Posted by Anna Leigh Goolsby at 8/1/18
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