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Tiny TubesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners make "totally tubular" forms of carbon. Learners use chicken wire to build macro models of carbon nanotubes.
Smelly BalloonsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners sniff out scents hidden in balloons! After investigating, learners discover we sometimes can use another sense (smell) to detect things too small to see.
Atoms and Matter (3-6)Add to list Details
In this activity, learners build models of atoms and molecules, then consider their role in different phases of matter, density, and mixtures and solutions.
Odors AloftAdd to list Details
Learners smell balloons filled with different scents to guess what's inside. From this, they infer the presence and motion of scented molecules.
Fireworks!Add to list Details
In this chemistry lab activity, learners model the colors of fireworks by burning metallic solutions in a flame and observing the different colors produced.
Learners test their "light-smarts" by playing a game called "Light Quest!" The game board represents an atom and each player represents an electron that has been bumped into the atom's outer unstable
Scaling an AtomAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners make a scale model of an atom to see how big or how small an atom is compared to its nucleus. Learners will realize that most of matter is just empty space!
In this activity about scale, learners investigate the world of the very small by cutting a 28 centimeter strip of paper in half as many times as they can.
Molecules in MotionAdd to list Details
"Molecules in Motion" explores how materials behave and change in a vacuum.
Atoms and Matter (K-2)Add to list Details
In this activity, learners explore atoms as the smallest building blocks of matter. With adult help, learners start by dividing play dough in half, over and over again.
Inner SpaceAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover that there is space between molecules even in a cup "full" of water. They first fill a cup with marbles, and then add sand to fill the gaps between the marbles.
Rutherford RollerAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners make a black box device that serves as an excellent analogy to Rutherford's famous experiment in which he deduced the existence of the atomic nucleus.
Dusting For FingerprintsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners become detectives and use chemistry to investigate fingerprints.
Trading PlacesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover that atoms and ions of different metals will change places.
What's So Special about Water: Solubility and DensityAdd to list Details
In this activity about water solubility and density, learners use critical thinking skills to determine why water can dissolve some things and not others.
This simple and engaging astronomy activity explains nuclear fusion and how radiation is generated by stars, using marshmallows as a model.
Reaction: Yes or No?Add to list Details
In this activity, learners mix ingredients in a plastic bag, and then identify three characteristics of a chemical reaction: production of heat, color change, and production of a gas.
What's So Special about Water: Surface TensionAdd to list Details
In this three-part activity, learners play a game and conduct two simple experiments to explore water and surface tension. Learners will have fun discovering how water "sticks" together.
Rutherford's Enlarged: A Content-Embedded Activity to Teach about Nature of Science
This paper describes a working-model demonstration of Ernest Rutherford's 1911 experiment about the nature of atoms.
M&M® Model of the Atom: Edible Subatomic ParticlesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners use colored candy to represent subatomic particles and make a model of an atom (Bohr model).