Examples of experiences and activities to expect.

Electricity Races

When you rub the balloon through your hair, invisible electrons (with a negative charge) build up on the surface of the balloon. This is called static electricity, which means “non-moving electricity” The electrons have the power to pull very light objects (with a positive charge) toward them – like the soda can.

Egg Drop

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. He had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put him back together again. But what if the story doesn’t end like that? What if you could build a craft to save Humpty Dumpty from his great fall? Try saving Humpty Dumpty from his fall from a wall in the Egg Drop Lab.

The Cat’s Meow

Come discover the forces in your cereal bowl! Milk contains various molecules such as proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins, and they all interact with each other. When common dish soap and food coloring are added to a dish of milk (just like your kitty cat!) you can get your creativity flowing and make some milk art.

Strawberries and You

See with your own eyes the molecular unit that all living things have in common: deoxyribonucleic acid, more commonly known as DNA. Cells are the basic unit of life and make up all plants, animals and bacteria. DNA contains instructions that direct the activities of the cells and, ultimately, the whole organism. In this lab students will isolate visible DNA from strawberries and learn about how DNA plays a role in everything from eye color in humans to the development of a strawberry.

Making Elephant’s toothpaste

Learning the difference between a physical and chemical change. A chemical change is not easily reversible. A physical change does not change the actual makeup of the substance while a chemical change creates a new substance. A chemical change is indicated by release of heat/light, odor change, production of a gas, or even a color change sometimes. Seeing an example of an exothermic reaction is also very exciting. 

Wingardium Leviosa

Hermione Granger herself would be “shocked” by this fascinating experiment involving super cool levitating rings of plastic! In fact, if she didn’t have her magic levitation charm to rely on, she’d probably be doing this fun and engaging experiment concerning static electricity and the interaction of charges. Watch these plastic rings levitate and be amazed! And remember, it’s pronounced Levi-OH-sah, not Levio-SAHR.

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