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Make a reed switch Activity

by Mike, 10 June 2021 | 0 comments

By Mike McRae and David Shaw Attracted to doing some hands-on science? Why not use a magnet to create a ‘reed switch’?

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Swap the blocks Activity

by David, 26 May 2021 | 1 comments

Six squares drawn in a grid, two end squares are coloured, one red, one blue. There are tiles on five of the six squares.

Here’s a puzzle that’s easy to set up, but surprisingly tricky to solve. See if you can swap two counters just by sliding them!

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Magic colouring Activity

by David, 13 May 2021 | 1 comments

Drawing of a butterfly half emerged in water, the top half is coloured.

Here’s a great trick of the light that looks like magic. Put a picture into water, and the colour disappears! And the best thing is, the colour comes back when you take the picture out again.

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Make a spinning helicopter Activity

by David, 28 April 2021 | 0 comments

Paper helicopter with paper clip weights.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has made history by flying on Mars. To celebrate the first flight of a copter on another planet, here’s a simple unpowered helicopter you can build at home!

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Blow a ball into a bottle Activity

by David, 15 April 2021 | 0 comments

A amn trying to blow a ball into a bottle

Can you blow a paper ball into a bottle? It sounds easy, but it’s harder than you think!

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Easter activities Activity

by David, 25 March 2021 | 0 comments

Hand holding a transparent egg shape orb.

Are you looking for some fun activities to fill your Easter break? Check out these seasonal suggestions!

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Rainbow plate Activity

by David, 18 March 2021 | 0 comments

Plate with colourful lollies around the circumference and rainbow pattern in the centre.

Here’s a great excuse to get your parents to buy lollies! All it takes is some warm water to reveal a beautiful rainbow.

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Colour changing lemon tea Activity

by David, 4 March 2021 | 1 comments

Two cups of tea - one is much lighter than the other

There’s something soothing about a cup of lemon tea. But there’s some fun chemistry happening in that cup too!

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Mushroom starburst Activity

by David, 18 February 2021 | 0 comments

Image of mushroom gills.

Mushrooms are strange looking things that grow out of the ground, but what do they actually do? Uncover their secrets, and find the beautiful starburst they have hiding inside them!

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Marbled nails! Activity

by David, 27 January 2021 | 0 comments

a thumb with a coluorful parttern painted on its nail

Have fun and give yourself marbled nails while learning more about chemistry.

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