Open for Curiosity!

Open for Curiosity!

RMSC is closed, but our thirst for curiosity still rages on!

Our doors may be temporarily closed, but curiosity is always open. During this time, our efforts to elevate science fact, stimulate curiosity, and ignite discovery are more important than ever. To honor our commitment to staying connected with our community and to continue inspiring you through science, we will be adding educational resources and fun science activities that you can do at home to our website and social media pages. We’re dedicated to keeping your discovery high and your boredom low until we can welcome visitors back to the RMSC. Make sure to check back often and follow us on social media for new content.

Sharing knowledge and a love for science is important, and a nice way to keep our minds occupied during this stressful time. If you agree that sharing knowledge is a good way to maintain a positive outlook during times of uncertainty, please consider donating and showing support to RMSC.

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Science Activities for Home

Make sure to check back often as we will be continually adding new content. 


Curiosity Bites

At-home Science Experiments

We wanted our community to get their hands-on science-fix in, so we're providing you with instructions for science experiments that you can do at home! Check out the fun experiments below, we'll be adding more soon!

 

RMSC Science Storytime

Join us for a science storytime on Tuesdays at 3pm, starting on March 24. Each book we read will have an accompanying activity or meet and greet with one of our Inquiry Room animals as a guest-star.

Stellaluna - Janel Cannon

This story is about a young fruit bat, named Stellaluna, who gets separated from her mom and finds her way to a nest of birds. Eventually, she makes it home to her family after learning many new things, and meeting some new friends! Make sure to stick around after the story to meet Arissa, our corn snake who lives in our Inquiry Room. Subscribe today for more storytimes, science demos, and planetarium shows!

 

NY Hall of Science's Outbreak exhibit

As we all continue to do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we come across a lot of questions about viruses that we may not have the answer to. Thankfully, our friends at the NY Hall of Science created this Outbreak exhibit, which provides information about the sciences behind viruses, and also gives context as to what's happening now with COVID-19.

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Live Science: Online!

While they're normally enjoyed at the Museum, we're bringing some Live Science demos to your house to enjoy while you're stuck indoors! We'll be posting new videos throughout the coming weeks.

Giant Bubble Monster

What happens when you add super-cold liquid nitrogen to hot soapy water? You get a bubble monster! The hot water causes the -320° F (that's negative 320 degrees!) liquid nitrogen to rapidly become a gas. The gas particles expand really fast and mix with the soapy water to make bubbles. LOTS of bubbles!

The Thermite Reaction

In this experiment, rust, or iron oxide, reacts with aluminum to produce iron and aluminum oxide. The reaction needs a little bit of energy to get started but once it starts it is very exothermic, meaning it releases heat energy. It releases so much energy that the temperature jumps to over 3,000 degrees F in seconds! That is hot enough to quickly melt the iron that is formed in the reaction. Thermite reactions were used to weld railroad ties together.

Nitrogen Depth Charge

First, our mandatory disclaimer - do not try an experiment like this at home!! Okay, not let's get into it.

An explosion is something getting really big, really fast. The boiling point of liquid nitrogen is -320 degree F. When we pour liquid nitrogen into the bottle it immediately starts to boil, changing from a liquid to a gas as the nitrogen molecules gain energy and spread out. A capped bottle is a closed system, so the gas can only expand so far before the pressure is too great and the bottle explodes because the gas inside needs to take up more space. Throwing the bottle in water before it explodes helps heat the nitrogen faster and makes the explosion more visual.

Be sure to turn down the volume a bit on this one, it can be loud!

Mastodon Toothpaste

What happens when you add potassium iodide to hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2? Mastodon Toothpaste! 

Adding potassium iodide to hydrogen peroxide causes the peroxide to quickly break down into water and oxygen gas. The reaction gives off heat adding even more energy to the quickly moving molecules of oxygen gas and boiling water. Adding a little liquid soap to the reaction creates soap bubbles of trapped oxygen that explode upwards from the force of the fast-moving gases. 

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Virtual Planetarium

We know you love coming to our Planetarium shows and learning more about our universe. Since you can't come to us, we've adapted some of our shows to share online.

Sun, Moon, and Stars

In this show, we’ll observe the sun’s daily path across the sky, classify bright and faint stars, note shapes of common constellations, and learn more about the universe around us! This show is just shy of 30 minutes long and is perfect for kids ranging from 5-8 years old. Grab a snack, find a comfy spot to sit in, and enjoy this new Virtual Planetarium experience! We’ll be back next week with another Virtual Planetarium Show about the upcoming Eclipse in 2024. Subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss it!


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