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Sugar and sunglasses Activity

by David, 8 August 2019 | 0 comments

Jar with polarised light effect.

Wearing sunglasses while using a computer might seem like a bad idea. But if you use the right glasses, it can make a great experiment!

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Spinning cotton Activity

by David, 25 July 2019 | 0 comments

A green bead the size of a marble threaded onto a piece of string.

Most clothes are woven from thread, then sewn together with thread. While there are now many human-made fibres, cotton is the most widely used of the natural fibres in clothing. So why not try spinning your own cotton thread, and learn a bit more about how clothes are made?

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Drop the needle! Activity

by David, 11 July 2019 | 0 comments

Flame heating a needle held in place by a magnet.

Think you understand magnets? In this hands-on activity, use a magnet to make a needle float and then fall.

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Vacuuming marshmallows Activity

by David, 27 June 2019 | 1 comments

Image of a cracked marshmallow in a glass bottle.

In this hands-on activity, you’ll make your own vacuum chamber and watch marshmallows turn into fluffy clouds of sugar!

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T-shirt dye designs Activity

by David, 13 June 2019 | 0 comments

Time to get creative! With some permanent markers and methylated spirits, you can use chemistry to make some cool looking t-shirt designs.

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This shape is a lie! Activity

by David, 30 May 2019 | 0 comments

This shape has a little secret. It’s known as a chamfered cube, and it’s not as perfect as it first seems…

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Run an election Activity

by David, 16 May 2019 | 1 comments

Someone is numbering the boxes on a ballot paper

Running an election is a good way to let everyone have a say. In this example, we will be voting for the tastiest vegetable, but if you design your own ballot papers, you can use this method to run an election about anything!

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Bubble nets at home Activity

by David, 2 May 2019 | 0 comments

Someone is scooping confetti out of a bowl of water with a measuring cup

If you thought humans were the only fishers who use nets, think again! Humpback whales work together to net and herd fish, making the fish easier to eat. But these whale nets are made of bubbles! To learn more, it’s time to blow some bubble nets ourselves.

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Vinegar eggs and salty osmosis Activity

by Jasmine, 18 April 2019 | 3 comments

Hand holding a transparent egg shape orb.

Here are two egg experiments in one! Turn your eggs rubbery by dissolving their shells, and then make one grow and the other shrink with the power of salt water.

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No can opener? No problem! Activity

by David, 4 April 2019 | 0 comments

Taking the lid off a can of baked beans.

When opening a tin can, chances are you’ll turn to a can opener or use a ring pull. But these are not the only ways to crack open a tin. In this activity, try using sandpaper to remove the top of a can!

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