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Soap Bubble ShapesAdd to list Details
Learners explore three-dimensional geometric frames including cubes and tetrahedrons, as they create bubble wands with pipe cleaners and drinking straws.
Rotating LightAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore what happens when polarized white light passes through a sugar solution.
Wave MachineAdd to list Details
This is a great activity about wave interference. Learners will create their own wave machine and discover wave properties through hands-on investigation.
The Ripple TankAdd to list Details
In this optics activity, learners create a ripple tank from household materials to study waves. Learners build the tank and then explore by making various types of waves.
Whose Fault Is It?Add to list Details
In this seismic simulation, learners play a "who-dunnit" game to explore earthquakes.
Let's Count Humpback Whales: Environmental Effects on PopulationAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners use whale count data from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to compare whale counts in relation to environmental factors.
Coastal Erosion: Where's the Beach?Add to list Details
Learners use beach profile data from a local beach or online data from Ocean City, Maryland to investigate coastal erosion and sediment transport.
Sea State: Forecast Conditions at SeaAdd to list Details
In this oceanography and data collection activity, learners cast real time sea state conditions using buoys from NOAA's National Data Buoy Center.
DiffractionAdd to list Details
In this optics activity, demonstrate diffraction using a candle or a small bright flashlight bulb and a slide made with two pencils.
Making Vocal Cords
In this activity, learners imitate the way vocal cords work by building a model from a plastic cup, rubber band, and a straw.
Spill SpreadAdd to list Details
In this simulation, learners explore how ocean currents spread all kinds of pollution—including oil spills, sewage, pesticides and factory waste—far beyond where the pollution originates.
Waves and Tides
In this 7-10 day investigation, learners develop an understanding of waves and tides and their motion through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on activities.
Seas in MotionAdd to list Details
In this outdoor, beach activity, learners use tennis balls, water balloons and other simple devices to investigate the movement of waves and currents off a sandy beach.
What's the Buzz?
In this activity, learners construct a playable kazoo from inexpensive materials. They will experience how vibration creates sound waves and music.
Diffraction Between Wax BlocksAdd to list Details
In this optics activity, learners explore diffraction by adding wax blocks to a ripple tank. The wedge-shaped blocks act as obstacles that the wave must bend around.
Making WavesAdd to list Details
Investigate the interaction of liquids of different densities and experiment with wave patterns with this hands-on activity.
Make Money Appear Before Your EyesAdd to list Details
In this optics activity, learners use water to make a coin "appear" and "disappear." Use this activity to demonstrate how light refracts and introduce light as waves.
Catch a Wave: How Waves are Formed
In this three-part activity, learners explore how waves are formed and why some waves are bigger than others. First, learners observe waves of water in a pan generated by an electric fan.
Moiré PatternsAdd to list Details
In this activity about light and perception, learners create and observe moire patterns.
Slinky in Hand: Make waves without getting wetAdd to list Details
Play with a slinky and make transverse waves. In this simple Exploratorium Science Snack, learners will experience making waves and will learn the different parts of a wave.