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Try This Out!

Go ahead…DO try this at home! You don’t need a fancy lab to be a scientist.

Explore science and technology in your own home with fun hands-on activities and science experiments. You can even eat some of your results! Each package includes shopping lists, as well as movie, book and website suggestions to round out your scientific adventure.

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Cabbage pH Indicatorcstm

Difficulty: Medium
Time required: 30 minutes
Subject(s): Systems of the body

In this experiment, explore the acidity of different household items by making a universal indicator with red cabbage.

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Compasscstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 Minutes
Subject(s): Magnets

Long before the age of GPS, navigators and explorers found their way using a compass. In this activity, make your own to bring on your next adventure!

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Shadow trackingcstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 5+ hours
Subject(s): sun, space, energy, renewable, shadow

On a sunny day, your shadow follows you everywhere! Have you ever noticed that it slowly changes position throughout the day? In this activity, track your shadow all day to see where it goes.

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Make a Thaumatropecstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes
Subject(s): Optical illusions

The thaumatrope has been tricking our eyes since the 1800s. With this toy, you can make two drawings on separate papers merge into one!

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Solar Stillcstm

Difficulty: Medium
Time required: 3 to 5 hours
Subject(s): Energy, sun, renewable, water

Freshwater can contain contaminants, and still needs to be purified before drinking. However, there’s a very simple way to purify water – using materials already in your kitchen!

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Periscopecstm

Difficulty: Hard
Time required: 30 minutes
Subject(s): Optics, light

In this activity, you’ll find out how to use mirrors to help you see above it all by making a periscope.

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Make a Kazoocstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes
Subject(s): Sound

Instruments make sound through vibrations, which send waves through the air. Test this phenomenon out for yourself by making your own kazoo!

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Insulating Soundcstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes
Subject(s): sound

In this activity, find out what happens if you make it harder for sound waves to reach your ears.

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Flipbookcstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: Variable
Subject(s): illusions, art, animation

Although animators are helped with powerful computers, you can make your own cartoon animation using the same principles as the professionals!

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Finding your Blind Spotcstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes
Subject(s): illusions, light, human body

Each of our eyes has a spot that is completely blind. Don’t believe it? Try it out for yourself!

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Discover the Starscstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes
Subject(s): stargazing, space

Make your own star finder and you can explore constellations from your own backyard!

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Broken Pencil Illusioncstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes
Subject(s): illusions, physics, light

Seeing isn’t always believing, especially when refraction is involved! See how water bends light, “breaking” a pencil right before your eyes.

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Constellation Flashlightcstm

Difficulty: Medium
Time required: 30 minutes
Subject(s): Stargazing, astronomy, physics, space

Use these fun constellation projectors to bring the magic of the night sky indoors!

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Symphony Hack Lab Maker Workshop cstm

Create your own musical instrument using everyday materials

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Try It At Home: #MySoilRecipe cafm

Type: Try This Out

Grade Levels: JK to Grade 9+ ON | Preschool to Secondary Cycle 3 QC

Are all soils the same? Can you figure out the recipe for the soil in your garden?

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