Physics of the Ollie

Ever wonder how skateboarders leap into the air with their board seeming to follow underneath their feet? That is called an ollie and it’s one of the fundamental tricks in skateboarding. Watch as our team of talented Science Center skaters demonstrate the physics of the ollie. Connect with curiosity!

Activity: Mud Splat Craters

In this activity, you will observe crater formation and identify the distinctive features of impact sites. The Perseverance Spacecraft will land at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021. Jezero crater is the only known location on Mars where carbonates (a type of rock) are found in close proximity to features indicating the past presence of… Continue reading

Diet Coke & Mentos Experiment

A quick search for “Diet Coke and Mentos” on YouTube returns hundreds of videos. See for yourself why this experiment is so popular and listen as Lauren explains what is really happening. Connect with curiosity!

The Secret Strength of Triangles

Fun fact: Triangles are one of the strongest geometric shapes. In this video, Kelsey explains why the triangle is often used in buildings and bridges. He’ll even show you how to use triangles to easily build your own support structures at home. Connect with curiosity!

How to Extract Strawberry DNA

In this easy science experiment, Lauren shows us how to extract DNA from a strawberry using common household materials. Connect with curiosity!

Chromatography Explained, Rainbow of Colors

Chromatography: A Popular Laboratory Technique

Even if you’ve never heard of chromatography, you have probably seen it in action. Chromatography is a process of separating a mixture of chemicals into various parts. It can be used in forensics and for testing food, beverages, and prescription drugs. In this at-home experiment, we use water, markers, and paper towel strips to better… Continue reading

Self-Watering Garden

In this at-home activity, learn to utilize the forces of capillary action to make a planter at home that will water itself. Plants use capillary action to draw water from the ground up into their roots and stems in order to survive. Capillary action is able to work against gravity because the forces that keep… Continue reading

CO2 Fire Extinguisher

Did you know that fire doesn’t like carbon dioxide? In this at-home science video, watch how Kelsey makes carbon dioxide with common kitchen materials, and how you can use that creation to put out a small flame. Connect with curiosity!

Singing Goblets

Singing goblets! In this at-home activity, learn how to make musical sounds with just a glass and some water. The key is sound vibrations; as our fingers run along the rim of the glass, the friction causes the glass to vibrate and make the noise that we hear. We can change the noise, or the… Continue reading

Magic? Or is it Science?!

In this at-home lesson, learn how to ‘pull’ off the classic tablecloth magic trick by understanding Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion for an activity that everyone can participate in!