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RMSC prides itself on being an education hub for all grade levels. While schools are closed, we wanted to offer science activities and demonstrations to do at home which aligns with the New York State Science Learning Standards. Keep checking back, we will continue to add more!

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Science Activities & Demonstrations By Grade Level

If you're a parent teaching for the first time at home or an educator working with your students remotely, we've gathered these science experiments and demonstrations to complement learning. Science experiments are divided by grade levels. Click on the drop-down menus to see what is available and appropriate for your young learners who are stuck at home.

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Pre-K & Kindergarten

  • Vinegar Pennies: Have you ever heard of acid rain? Here is an experiment you can do to change the color of copper pennies by soaking them in vinegar (acetic acid)? Try it! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [K-ESS3-3].
  • Optical Illusions with Volume: Is the amount of water the same in different shaped containers? Let's try it and see! Compare the volume (or amount of water) in one container to the volume in the rest of them. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [P-PS1-1 & K-PS1-1].
  • Loop-the-Loop: Try designing your own rollercoaster with loops and spirals! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [K-PS2-2].
  • How to Make a Milk Jug Planter Craft for Kids: Practice up-cycling and creative-reuse by making a planter out of an old milk jug! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [P-LS1-1 & K-LS1-1].

  • Boat Float STEM Challenge: The tinfoil boat engineering challenge asks kids to think outside the box and build a unique boat that will float and hold 100 pennies. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS-2, & K-2-ETS1-3].

  • Oil Spill Cleanup Challenge: Learn about the effects of pollution by creating your own oil spill in a pie plate. Experience firsthand the difficulty of cleaning it up. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [K-ESS3-3].

Grades 1-2

  • Optical Illusions with Volume: Is the amount of water the same in different shaped containers? Let's try it and see! Compare the volume (or amount of water) in one container to the volume in the rest of them. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [2-PS1-1].
  • Fun with Water!: Through these two experiments, we're learning more about water! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [2-PS1-1].
  • Sun, Moon, and Stars Virtual Planetarium Show: 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! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [1-ESS1-1 & 1-ESS1-2].

  • Buzzing Bee Hummer: Create a swarm of buzzing bees with this noisemaker! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [1-PS4-4].

  • Fishing for Ice Cubes: Try to catch and lift an ice cube using a piece of string, some salt, and not a single knot! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [2-PS1-4].
  • The Rubber Chicken Experiment: What happens when you expose chicken bones to vinegar? Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [2-PS1-2].
  • Kaleidoscope Making: A kaleidoscope is a tube that contains objects that are reflected by mirrors. Work together with your family to make a kaleidoscope. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [1-PS4-2].
  • An Eggs-elent Experiment: Have you ever seen an egg and wondered what happens inside? Birds, reptiles and amphibians aren't born the same way other animals are; they hatch from an egg. Here are some experiments you can do at home to learn a little more about how an egg works, and even a little about your own body too! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [2-PS1-2].
  • CD Spectroscope: Turn an old CD into a spectroscope to analyze light—you may be surprised by what you see. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [1-PS4-2].
  • How to Make a Milk Jug Planter Craft for Kids: Practice up-cycling and creative-reuse by making a planter out of an old milk jug! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [2-LS2-1].
  • Foil Structure Shadow Drawings: Let's have fun with shadows! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [1-PS4-3].
  • Boat Float STEM Challenge: The tinfoil boat engineering challenge asks kids to think outside the box and build a unique boat that will float and hold 100 pennies. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS-2, & K-2-ETS1-3].
  • Why is the Sky Blue?: Complete these three activities to learn the answer to this age-old question! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [1-PS4-2].

 

Grades 3-5

  • What is in the Cereal You Eat?: Let's extract minerals from the cereal you eat! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [3-PS2-3].
  • What is a Magnetic Sheild?: Discover what materials act as a magnetic shield and do not allow the magnetic force to penetrate. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [3-PS2-3].
  • The Vitamin C Challenge: What juice do you think has the most Vitamin C in it? Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [5-PS1-3].
  • Spool Racer: Stretch and twist a rubber band to create moving energy in this speedy racer! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [4-PS3-1].

  • Baking Soda Volcano: Build your own paper mache volcano to demonstrate the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar. Learn about the rocks that are made from volcanoes. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [5-PS1-4].
  • Fishing for Ice Cubes: Try to catch and lift an ice cube using a piece of string, some salt, and not a single knot! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [5-PS1-4].
  • The Rubber Chicken Experiment: What happens when you expose chicken bones to vinegar? Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [5-PS1-3].
  • Kaleidoscope Making: A kaleidoscope is a tube that contains objects that are reflected by mirrors. Work together with your family to make a kaleidoscope. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [4-PS4-2].
  • Ever Wonder About Air?: Make an air cannon and experiment with it to see what you can discover! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [3-PS2-1].
  • Air and Lift: Ever wonder what helps an airplane fly? Airplanes use the air moving over their wings to help give them lift. This is called the Bernoulli effect. Here are some experiments to help you discover how air gives "lift." Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [3-PS2-1].
  • An Eggs-elent Experiment: Have you ever seen an egg and wondered what happens inside? Birds, reptiles and amphibians aren't born the same way other animals are; they hatch from an egg. Here are some experiments you can do at home to learn a little more about how an egg works, and even a little about your own body too! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [5-PS1-3].
  • CD Spectroscope: Turn an old CD into a spectroscope to analyze light—you may be surprised by what you see. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [4-PS4-2].
  • Domino Effect: Your nervous system transmits information as electrical impulses that move through the long bodies of individual nerve cells. In this Snack, falling dominoes simulate many aspects of the process. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [4-LS1-2].
  • Condiment Diver: Changes in fluid pressure affect the buoyancy of a Cartesian diver made from a condiment packet. The diver floats, sinks, or hovers in response to pressure changes. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [3-PS2-1].
  • Holding Charge: Use static electricity to stick a straw to the palm of your hand, a window, a door, a wall—or just about anywhere. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [3-PS2-3].
  • Engineering Challenge Brain Warm-up: Create a structure that can support the book 1" above the table. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, & 3-5-ETS1-3].
  • Flavor, Taste, and Aroma: Learn about the relationship between flavor, taste, and aroma! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [4-LS1-2].
  • Cooking with Acid: What do you believe to be the most versatile ingredient in the kitchen?  Did anyone say acid? Probably not. But there are so many ways we can use acid in cooking - let's find out how! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [5-PS1-3].
  • Oil Spill Cleanup Challenge: Learn about the effects of pollution by creating your own oil spill in a pie plate. Experience firsthand the difficulty of cleaning it up. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [5-ESS3-1].
  • Science Friction: Can you lift a bottle full of rice with a chopstick? Let's try it and learn more about physics and the science behind friction! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [3-PS2-1].
  • Why is the Sky Blue?: Complete these three activities to learn the answer to this age-old question! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [4-PS4-2].

Grades 6-8

  • Coffee Filter Chromatography: Do you think all black pens are the same? What do you think is the difference between a blue pen and a red one? Here is an experiment to help you find out! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS1-8].
  • Vinegar Pennies: Have you ever heard of acid rain? Here is an experiment you can do to change the color of copper pennies by soaking them in vinegar (acetic acid)? Try it! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-ESS3-3].
  • Giant Bubble Monster: What happens when you add super-cold liquid nitrogen to hot soapy water? You get a bubble monster! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS1-4 & MS-PS1-8].
  • 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! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS1-2].
  • Nitrogen Depth Charge: 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. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS1-4 & MS-PS1-8].
  • Spool Racer: Stretch and twist a rubber band to create moving energy in this speedy racer! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS3-1].

  • Baking Soda Volcano: Build your own paper mache volcano to demonstrate the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar. Learn about the rocks that are made from volcanoes. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-ESS2-1 & MS-PS1-2].

  • Fishing for Ice Cubes: Try to catch and lift an ice cube using a piece of string, some salt, and not a single knot! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS1-8].

  • The Rubber Chicken Experiment: What happens when you expose chicken bones to vinegar? Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS1-2].
  • Kaleidoscope Making: A kaleidoscope is a tube that contains objects that are reflected by mirrors. Work together with your family to make a kaleidoscope. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS4-2].
  • Ever Wonder About Air?: Make an air cannon and experiment with it to see what you can discover! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS2-2].
  • Air and Lift: Ever wonder what helps an airplane fly? Airplanes use the air moving over their wings to help give them lift. This is called the Bernoulli effect. Here are some experiments to help you discover how air gives "lift." Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS2-2].
  • An Eggs-elent Experiment: Have you ever seen an egg and wondered what happens inside? Birds, reptiles and amphibians aren't born the same way other animals are; they hatch from an egg. Here are some experiments you can do at home to learn a little more about how an egg works, and even a little about your own body too! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS1-2].
  • 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. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS1-8 & MS-PS1-2].
  • CD Spectroscope: Turn an old CD into a spectroscope to analyze light—you may be surprised by what you see. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS4-2].
  • Cheshire Cat: Under most circumstances, both of your eyes receive fairly similar views of the world around you. You fuse these views into a single three-dimensional picture. But what happens when your eyes receive different images? Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS4-2 & MS-LS1-8].
  • Domino Effect: Your nervous system transmits information as electrical impulses that move through the long bodies of individual nerve cells. In this Snack, falling dominoes simulate many aspects of the process. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-LS1-8].
  • Condiment Diver: Changes in fluid pressure affect the buoyancy of a Cartesian diver made from a condiment packet. The diver floats, sinks, or hovers in response to pressure changes. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS2-2].
  • Flavor, Taste, and Aroma: Learn about the relationship between flavor, taste, and aroma! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-LS1-8].
  • Invisible Fire Extinguisher: Learn about the three things needed to create fire, and about the density of gases! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS1-2 & MS-PS1-7].
  • Equal Pressure: Why does a fire need fuel, oxygen and heat to stay lit? Let's learn more about this, and about gases and pressure! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-ESS2-5 & MS-PS1-4].
  • Let's Learn About Newton's 1st Law of Motion: Learn more about Sir Isaac Newton and complete two mini-experiments and demonstrations of Newton’s first law of motion. Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS2-2]
  • Why is the Sky Blue?: Complete these three activities to learn the answer to this age-old question! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [MS-PS4-1 & MS-PS4-2].

Grades 9-12

  • 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! Building a competency towards NYS Science Learning Standards [HS-PS1-2 & HS-PS1-7].

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