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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.


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].

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].

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].

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].

 

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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