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Dragon curves Activity

by David, 1 October 2020 | 0 comments

Strip of paper folded at regular intervals making a pattern

In this sample from More Hands-on Science, we’re looking at infinitely detailed shapes known as fractals. If you do this activity, you can discover a fractal called the dragon curve!

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Shiny egg Activity

by David, 10 September 2020 | 2 comments

Photo of a soot covered egg in a glass of water.

What happens when you cover an egg in soot? It gets super black, but also super shiny!

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Geodesic rings Activity

by David, 20 August 2020 | 0 comments

A child's hand ontop of a larger hand, both hands are wearing colourful rings

Craft yourself a mathematical ring to learn about straight lines on donuts. Don’t laugh, they do exist!

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Beeswax food wraps Activity

by David, 6 August 2020 | 1 comments

Sandwich wrapped in a wax cloth wrap.

Here’s a fun way to keep your food fresh! Make your own food wraps, and reduce the amount of plastic wrap you use. Safety: This activity uses a hot iron to melt wax. Ask an adult for assistance.

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The hidden sense in your eyes Activity

by David, 23 July 2020 | 0 comments

Image of two vertical blue balls and two horizontal yellow balls on a computer screen.

Your eyes can see colour and brightness, but there’s one more thing they can detect. With the right technique, many people can tell if light is polarised – no glasses needed!

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15 maths games and puzzles to keep your brain pumping Activity

by David, 16 July 2020 | 0 comments

Hexagonal board game with chess pieces on it.

The best way to do maths is to have fun! Here’s a selection of our favourite games and puzzles.

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Confuse a compass with electricity Activity

by David, 9 July 2020 | 0 comments

Image of a compass on a piece of wire.

By Beth Askham and David Shaw Did you know that electricity and magnetism are closely related phenomena? In this activity, you’ll create a magnetic field using electricity and find that this can cause chaos for a compass!

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Slow waves Activity

by David, 25 June 2020 | 0 comments

Bottle containing yellow and blue liquid.

Did you know you can control the speed of a splash? Time to make some speedy waves, before using a neat trick to slow them down.

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Make a 3D shark Activity

by David, 28 May 2020 | 2 comments

Written by Natalie Kikken   To honour World Oceans Day 8 June, get crafty by making your own 3D grey nurse shark.

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Eye’ll follow you Activity

by David, 14 May 2020 | 0 comments

Drawing of a cat with cut out eyes.

Are you looking for a way to make your drawings look alive? Try this activity and make an awesome creepy face whose eyes follow you as you move around the room. By Mike McRae

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