Fun With Science

by Kerry Cordy

If you are working on your Fun With Science Badge through either the Frontier Girls or Quest Program or just have an untamed curiosity about the world around you, read on for links to a wide variety of science projects that are both fun and educational.

What is science?

What exactly IS science? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary science is:

  1. knowledge about the natural world that is based on facts learned through experiments and observation.
  2. an area of study that deals with the natural world (as biology or physics)
  3. a subject that is formally studied; the science of linguistics.

 

Scientific Method

The scientific method is a way for people to study and learn things and test ideas.  When using the scientific method, the first step is to ask a question.  What do you wonder about?  How do you think it works?  Next you need to observe and gather information and come up with ideas, or guesses, that you think may be the answer to your question.  Then run some experiments to see if your guesses were right or wrong.  Based on the results of your experiment you might make and test new guesses.  In the end you come to a conclusion as to what you think the answer to your question is.  Other scientists can repeat your experiments and ask even more questions to get a more refined answer.

Steps to the Scientific Method

  1. Ask a question
  2. Gather information and observe (research)
  3. Make a hypothesis (guess the answer)
  4. Experiment and test your hypothesis
  5. Analyze your test results
  6. Present a conclusion

The Khan Academy has an easy to understand cartoon that explains the scientific method in more detail.

Air

The first step of the scientific method is to come up with questions such as what is air made of? Does air take up space? Does air have weight? Conduct some experiments on air to see if you can find the answers.

Water

What is water made of? What is the water cycle? How does temperature effect the movement of water?

Check out this great video from HooplaKids with several fun water experiments. Keep in mind this is a Youtube video so kids should only visit with the permission of a parent or guardian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_PZepp9sMc

What is buoyancy? How does fresh water differ from salt water? Perform the following experiment from NerdyBaby: 

Water Density and Floating Egg Experiment

 

Light

Perform one of the following experiments:

Every wonder how a rainbow is made? How about making one of your own? Watch a little Kid Science on Youtube to find out how! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yxp2LDn8AA

 

Moon Phases

Any time I can combine food with learning I am a happy person! Learn about the phases of the moon with a fun Oreo Cookie project from Science Bob.

You can also watch this video that explains exactly what you are seeing with each phase of the moon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz01pTvuMa0

How does the moon effect the tides on Earth? Try this easy experiment from Sciencing.com to find out. https://sciencing.com/explain-phases-moon-tides-children-7803645.html

 

Plants

Spring is a great time to explore plant science. Fantastic Fun and Learning has a great post with instructions for dissecting bean seeds, planting a garden in a glove, exploring root growth and discovering how stems work.

 

Density

What is density and how does it effect the world around you? Try creating a density tower to see how different liquids have different densities with Steve Spangler Science.

What is buoyancy? How does fresh water differ from salt water? Perform the following experiment from NerdyBaby: 

Water Density and Floating Egg Experiment

 

Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is the study of moving air and the interaction between the air and solid bodies moving through it. Try making different types of paper airplanes to see how their shape effects their flight. The DIY Network shows several patterns built for speed, distance, or flight time.

 

 

Misc Science Fun

If you are having fun exploring various elements of science, here are a few website with a number of interesting and fun experiments.

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