Kids Experiments


71 Experiments
How A-Mazing are you? Program your robot to pick up and dispose of some toxic waste using as few simple commands as possible.
Contributed By: Dakota Science Center
How many coins can you float? Experiment with aluminum foil in a boat and a ball.
Do you have animal attraction? You can right in your own back yard with some craft supplies, your imagination and a little help from Mother Nature.
Contributed By: Chicago Botanic Garden
Can you build a car that runs on air? Using household materials, experiment with the power of air to create thrust powerful enough to move a homemade car.
Contributed By: The Children's Museum
Does yeast breathe? Find out by watching plastic bags filled with yeast, warm water and different amounts of sugar.
Students will explore density and buoyancy as they design and construct rafts.
Build and test a model of a rainforest canopy walkway. Rainforest researchers must consider materials, transportation, and cost so they don't damage the fragile canopy environment as they study it.
Make a bridge out of a folded piece of paper and two blocks. Test your structure by stacking coins (and other things) on it. How much weight can your bridge support before it crashes?
Contributed By: New York Hall of Science
Students will investigate how structures defy the laws of gravity as they explore center of gravity.
Contributed By: COSI Toledo
Students will explore how a computer works by making cartoon flipbooks.
This experiment hits the spot! Design and build a catapult and launch sponge cubes at a target.
Contributed By: New England Aquarium
Did you know you can use sound waves to see things? Submarines use sonar to 'see' where they're going in dark waters by interpreting the reflection of sound waves off things in the ocean. Ultrasound is another...
Make impact craters with marbles (or rocks) in a container of flour. Find out what you can tell about your "comets" by the craters they make.
Can you solve the crime? Find out how DNA profiling can make sense of a crime scene and help I.D. a culprit from a list of suspects. Learn the DNA Basics, investigate the Crime Scene and experiment in the Lab and become a...
Contributed By: Explore @ Bristol
Will you scramble eggs? Discover how an egg at rest stays at rest with an egg, a broom, an empty toilet paper roll, a pie pan and a glass of water.
Contributed By: St. Louis Science Center
Create a maze inside a shoebox with blocks of wood. Have a friend figure out where the blocks are by listening as a marble rolls inside the box. Using energy waves like sound, to determine the position of an object is called...
Amaze your friends by balancing forks on a toothpick and "fork it over" the center of gravity!
Objects can't feel anxious when they have a deadline, but they do feel pressure, and they react to stress. Investigate the relationship between force, area and pressure in this experiment, but don?t get stressed out!
Contributed By: IBM Corporation
You can get it with a glass of water, some wire, conductors and a battery!
Contributed By: Discovery Centre
Make a parachute! Discover gravity in action with some plastic bags, string and small stones.
Contributed By: COSI Columbus
Explore chemistry as you mix up a goopy substance that is not quite a liquid and not quite a solid.
Contributed By: Museum of Science
Make a hilarious honker! Fasten a piece of string through a hole in the end of a plastic cup and discover the hilarious sounds you can make. Find out how the length, tautness and wetness of the string affect sound vibrations.
Contributed By: COSI Columbus
How's your aim? Find out how physics can make or break your game with a tennis racket, ball and paper targets and see if you can hit the spot!
Contributed By: The Franklin Institute
Build a rocket-a blown-up balloon taped to a drinking straw threaded through some string. The rocket follows Newton's Third Law of Motion: Every action produces an equal and opposite reaction.
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Use color and principles of light and optics to fool your brain into 'seeing' three dimensions on a flat surface.
Contributed By: Discovery Place
Can you use Physics to defy gravity? Learn about the forces that keep rollercoasters on their tracks in this experiment.
Contributed By: Sciencecenter
Can you bend light to create patterns? Create a kaleidoscope and see the world through new eyes.
Contributed By: Boston Children’s Museum
Show your Kool Colors! Discover the chemistry of tie-dyeing with cotton fabric, Kool-Aid and vinegar.
How easy is it to let it roll? Find out with two jar lids, some marbles, and a straw handle!
Contributed By: Technopolis
How far are you from the eye of a storm? Make observations and track thunderstorms using this mathematical tool.
Contributed By: SciTech Hands-On Museum
Students will investigate how changing the center of gravity of a balloon affects how it travels.
Contributed By: Explora
Get loopy and amaze your friends! Morph circles into other shapes with the magic of geometry, paper loops, some tape and a scissors.
Find out how much hot air you have! Measure your lung capacity-how much air your lungs can hold-by making a spirometer out of a plastic bottle, a pan of water, and some flexible tubing.
Contributed By: COSI Columbus
Make waves! Use food coloring, water and oil to create and experiment with beautiful wave patterns.
Contributed By: The Franklin Institute
Students will investigate simple machines and energy and its transformations as they race marbles.
Contributed By: New York Hall of Science
Build a cannon that can move objects by 'shooting' air.
Make your own mummy! Use a combination of salts to transform an apple into a mummy.
Can you hear better with your fingers in your ears? Find out with a coat hanger and some string!
What happens when you fool your brain? Try it online - listen to some scrambled songs and find out how your brain interprets what you hear. Or Try it at home - fool your brain with some optical illusions.
Will you take a nosedive? All you need to find out is a sheet of paper! Fold a Navy Jet and experiment with lift and drag to make it go left, right and loop de loop.
Grab some friends and navigate like whales! Put your ears to the test as you search for your friends, blindfolded, with only echolocation as your guide.
Contributed By: Carnegie Science Center
Create an oil slick with vegetable oil in a bowl of water. Oil and water make an immiscible solution-the elements never mix and will always separate into layers. Find the best method to clean up the oil.
Contributed By: COSI
Think a penny can?t do much anymore? Think again - and experiment with pennies, vinegar and a metal object.
Break the tension! Use water, pepper and some soap to discover the wonders of surface tension.
Do you want to move faster? Catch that ball that you never seem to see in time? Use a simple test to help you improve your reaction time!
Contributed By: New York Hall of Science
Build a pinwheel that spins using the same principles as a rocket booster.
What seed is worth its salt? Discover how the salt in soil affects plant growth with a few seeds, some cotton and salt.
Will it be fun or fry? Find out how important sunscreens are and save your skin.
Contributed By: Chemistry for Life
What makes cheese so cheesy? Find out with some milk, vinegar and a coffee filter!
Contributed By: New York Hall of Science
Don't scream for ice cream -- make your own with milk, sugar, flavoring and some 'salt-water' ice.
Do you have guts? Dissect a perch and a crayfish and find out how much guts they have too!
Contributed By: Science Museum of Virginia
Use color and principles of light and optics to fool your brain into 'seeing' three dimensions on a flat surface.
Do you smell like a shark? Find out what your nose knows by diluting something smelly in different concentrations using six jars, some food coloring and perfume.
Honey, I shrunk the polymer! Heat makes some materials expand, and it makes others shrink. In this experiment you will use unique shrinking properties of polymers to create ornaments, jewelry, a guitar picks and much more.
Contributed By: Kentucky Science Center
Like to make things explode? Create a soda explosion of bubbles using candy and soda.
Contributed By: Connecticut Science Center
Play with your food! How strong is your spaghetti structure? Find out with some marshmallows, raw spaghetti, raw linguine and some coins.
Contributed By: Sciencenter
Save the egg! Protect your 'passenger' from Newton's First Law with an egg, a toy truck, a brick, cotton balls, rubber bands and a Styrofoam cup.
Contributed By: National Science Center (Fort Discovery)
Take the two-straw challenge as you wait for the game to start! Discover how pressure can quench your thirst with a drink and two straws.
What do you get when you mix milk curds and baking soda? Try this experiment and find out if you stick to it!
Experiment with liquid dynamics as you design and build a clay channel that captures colored liquid.
Contributed By: Carnegie Science Center
Fool your eyes as you design and create an optical illusion toy that makes two pictures appear to become one.
Contributed By: St. Louis Science Center
What do a clarinet, a saxophone and a harmonica have in common? Each one makes music thanks to a vibrating strip of material. Explore vibration and sound as you create your own instrument and experiment to make different...
Contributed By: New York Hall of Science
In this 'attractive' experiment you will use static electricity to create a cool snow globe where the snow falls up!
Students will explore density as they investigate the reaction between milk and soap.
Contributed By: Explora
Do you think you can 'see' things with you hands? Use you sense of touch to get information about an object and see if you tell what it is!
Contributed By: Louisville Science Center
Investigate turbidity in a jar-measure the light intensity of a jar of water using a flashlight and some black construction paper. As the turbidity increases, the murkier the water becomes and less light is able to shine...
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Mix the solutions and watch the reaction as drops of primary color pop, spread and combine to form new colors in this underwater investigation.
Contributed By: COSI
Create a water whirler from a piece of cardboard and some string. Place a cup of water on the cardboard platform and whirl it in circles. When whirled fast enough, the centripetal force acting on the cup and water keeps it...
Contributed By: COSI
Biosphere in a baggie! Add soil, seeds and a little water, mix with sunlight and observe a microcosm of the water cycle that sustains life on Earth!
Contributed By: Queens Botanical Garden
Blow like the wind! Discover the wacky world of wind direction with some bubbles, a map and a keen eye.
How high can you fly? Build and test an airplane wing with some paper, cardboard, skewers, and a fan.