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Every weekday at 2:30pm, join the Michigan Science Center for a LIVE virtual Science experiment. Visit the museum’s Facebook page or YouTube channel to check out ECHO Live! and see large-scale science demonstrations daily from the ECHO Distance Learning Studio. Afterwards you can do your own science experiments at home.
Here are 16 MiSci-approved experiments you can do at home!
- Popscicle Stick Catapult: Simple machines can be fun! Construct a lever to launch mini marshmallows.
- Popsicle Stick Harmonica: Sound is vibration! Create a musical instrument that can produce a variety of notes.
- Feel the Sound: Sound travels in compression waves. Get a feel for this concept in this simple experiment.
- Edible Crystals: Grow your own delicious, sugar crystals using only two common ingredients!
- Candy Chemistry: Create colorful, candy chemistry using the principle of density in a solution.
- Egg In A Bottle: Can a whole egg fit into a milk bottle without breaking? Grab an adult assistant and find out!
- Lava Lamps: Learn about hydrophobic and hydrophilic substances while you build your own lava lamp.
- Soda Geysers: Explore nucelation and physical reactions with a classic candy and soda experiment. This activity is best done outside for extra fun and easy clean up!
- Vacuum Pack A Kid: Experience the power of air pressure all around us with the help of your vacuum cleaner and an adult assistant.
- Invent at Home: Water Transport: Anyone can be inventive! In this Spark!Lab challenge, you’ll need to engineer a solution for transporting water to and from cities.
- Alka Seltzer Rockets: Build and launch a film canister rocket by creating a simple acid-base reaction inside a closed container. This experiment is best done outdoors!
- Elephant Toothpaste: In this at-home version of one our favorite science demonstrations, you’ll create a huge pile of soap bubbles using a chemical reaction powered by yeast.
- pH Testing: Did you know red cabbage is a natural pH indicator? Test the pH of household substances using this unique produce item.
- Endo-Exo: Some chemical reactions absorb heat while others release it! Experiment with thermodynamics using baking soda, vinegar, and ice melt.
- Fruit DNA Extraction: Extract, isolate, and observe genetic material from a variety of household produce. Learn how DNA is stored inside cells in this simple experiment.
- Scattered Pepper: Just why is soap so important in washing your dishes and hands? Explore surface tension in this exciting experiment.
About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..