Labs & Descriptions

Color Mixing -- Grades Pre-K and up
Nothing is more fun for beginning scientists that pouring, mixing, and making things change before your eyes.  This lab is all about colors.  Students will get to do their own filling, pouring, and mixing as we start with the primary colors and create the full rainbow spectrum. 

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Density Tube -- Grades Pre-K and up
Density is a hard idea to grasp, until you see it in action.  We use oil and water to make our own lava lamps.  Sealing baby soda bottles, oil, water, and color tabs make this lab colorful and safe that students can do almost entirely on their own, with a little help from adults.  

Slime -- Grades K and up
Mixing, measuring, and following instructions are foundational parts of chemistry.  Students can start to learn these skills (and have some 'gross' fun) by making slime.  This glue/borax slime is guaranteed to be a hit with all ages.  For older students (3rd^, ask about the magnetic slime option).

Grass Heads -- Grades 2nd and up
Dig into biology with this hands on lab focusing on plants.  Each student will make a personalized head that grows grass for hair.   The fun will continue at home as the students take care of the plant and watch the grass grow into hair.

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Stomp Rockets -- Grades 2nd and up
Learn about beginning rocketry as we build and launch these simple cardstock rockets.  After the lab, ask about plans for the launch pad to keep the fun going!
 
Soda Can Catapult -- Grades 3rd and up
Construct a rubber band resistance catapult.  Students will learn to follow instructions and engineering as they build these old fashioned war machines.  Afterwards participants divide into warring parties and battle it out! 

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Cartesian Squid Diver -- Grades 3rd and up
Pressure, that squeezing force, becomes a fun pet in this lab.  Cartesian divers utilize air pressure to show a vessel sinking or floating in a sealed plastic bottle.  We will turn the vessel into a squid, making this lab a fun fake pet that students can control.

Glitter Blood -- Grades 3rd and up
Blood, our bodies' life force is a very interesting fluid.  In this lab we will dissect and discuss the different parts and kinds of blood.  For those who are squeamish, no real blood will be spilled in the making of this lab, we will use glitter instead.

Flashlight -- Grades 3rd and up
Basic circuitry can be very simple; power source, electrical piece, all built in a closed circle- flowing path.  With this lab, students will make a working flashlight out of a Popsicle stick, button battery, tin foil, and other office supplies.  

NASA Mallow-naut Spacesuits -- Grades 4th and up
We have a piece of an actual NASA spacesuit, the different layers are imperative to keep astronauts safe in space.  With this lab we will discuss space, vacuums, and spacesuits.  Students will then create spacesuits to keep our marshmallow astronauts safe in a vacuum.

Spectroscopes -- Grades 4th and up
How can scientists identify the composition of a star -- or the gas inside of a street light -- by looking at its light? In this lab, we'll build a spectroscope, a device that breaks up light into component colors. Students examine at least two "stars" to see if they can determine the elements that make them shine.

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Rube Goldberg -- Grades 4th and up
Rube Goldberg, an engineer, was made famous for his zany cartoons of cause/effect inventions.  This lab offers students a chance to help engineer from scratch a marble path that utilizes and highlights following instructions and the cause/effect process.  

DNA -- Grades 5th and up
What is DNA?  Where is DNA? We will discuss this and harvest our own.  No blood, don't worry.  We will use common household items to pull DNA from our dead cheek cells.  Students even get to keep small vials of their DNA. 

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Demonstrations