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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.

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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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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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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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Symphony Hack Lab Maker Workshop cstm

Create your own musical instrument using everyday materials

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