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Curiosity at Home

Experiences and Activities for the Curious

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Experiments, Live Science Shows, Tinkering and More

Grades K-8 Learning Opportunities

Activities for all ages

Curiosity at Home

Ignite your curiosity at home with streaming live science shows, hands-on STEM activities, tutorials, interviews, and more. These educational activities and resources are for all ages of learners and are meant to inspire and excite all people about science.

 

Share Your Experiences

Share these Curiosity at Home activities with friends, family, and schoolmates. Then, try experiments together over virtual chats and share the things you’ve learned with the community. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, then share your experiences on social using #pacsci and #curiosityathome. We love seeing what you’ve done!

 

 

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Sign up for the Family and Camps e-Newsletter to get weekly Curiosity at Home updates during our temporary closure.

 

Daily Livestreams

PacSci is live on Facebook and YouTube throughout the week! Join us and meet some of our animals, caretakers, educators, and scientists in the community, as well as try fun at-home experiments!

 

Featured Activities

PacSci is curating science learning materials for kids and families! Check back often for new content to inspire learners of all ages.

Things to discover:

Past Featured Activities
Animal Week: Ecosystem Exploration
  • Create an Imaginary Ecosystem for animals that includes living and non-living factors.
  • Explore different animal adaptations that may help them overcome challenges living in their environments in Habitat Match.
  • Watch The Living Sea (Amazon Prime) while celebrating the diversity of the ocean and exploring our complex relationship with this fragile environment.
Animal Week: Animal Movement
  • Meet one of PacSci’s corn snakes and go on a poetic journey in our Live Science Show, Snake Tales.
  • Which animals can jump farther than humans? Find out the answer by comparing your jump distance with animals’ in Jump for Joy.
  • What can animal tracks tell us? Play the Animal Tracks matching game to identify footprints, then make your own tracks.
Animal Week: Feeding and Eating
  • Watch Wild About Whales and learn about one of everyone’s favorite marine mammals.
  • Take a dive into the ocean’s food web in Hungry, Hungry Ocean to create and connect marine organisms.
  • Did you know that whales feed in two different ways? Learn more in the Whale Feeding activity.
  • Make a birdfeeder and attract birds to your neighborhood or home. Then observe what kind of beaks they have.
Animal Week: Adaptations
  • Watch Fossil Clues and examine fossils and skulls to uncover mysteries about dinosaurs.
  • Find out why birds have such different beaks and how this adaptation helps them survive in Bird Beak Buffet.
  • Use your imagination to design a habitat on Earth 100+ years from now in Adaptation Artistry.
Geology Week: Volcanoes
  • Watch St. Helens: Out of the Ash to learn about the story of the day this Washington volcano erupted as well as the resiliency of nature as life grew from its ash.
  • Build a model volcano and create your own lava layers while learning about stratigraphy in Lava Layers.
  • Explore what scientists learn from ash and rock samples after a volcano erupts in Volcanic Ash.
Geology Week: Processes and Time
Geology Week: Landforms
  • Watch and experience We All Live Downstream, then see how water gets from mountains to streams.
  • Create a watershed model and explore how water interacts with the land in Watershed Exploration.
  • How do beaches change over time? Make a model of a beach and see what effect waves have in Beach Erosion.
  • Watch Rock Flower Garden with your little learner and use different shaped and colored rocks to make a garden.
Geology Week: Rocks and Minerals
  • Watch Rocks and Minerals and discover what rocks can tell us about the past as well as the history of Earth.
  • Crystals occur many places in nature, and now at your home! Grown Your Own Crystals and observe their molecular structure.
  • Make models of three different rock types in Rock Cycle to learn about how each is formed.
  • Our littlest learners can watch Crystal Painting and make a shimmering artwork.
Engineering Week: Cities of the Future
  • Watch Electric Circuits and use the scientific method to learn about electricity, circuits, and conduction with objects you can find at home.
  • Design and build a Cardboard City that reflect the services, layouts, features, and styles of the residents that will live there.
  • Explore shape and structure in Spaghetti Towers while designing, building, and redesigning the tallest tower possible.
Engineering Week: Design for Human Health
  • Watch the Dream Big documentary (Vimeo OnDemand) and see inspiring stories of engineering marvels large and small.
  • Be a materials engineer and design and test an insulators in Beat the Heat.
  • Design a Filtration Station and explore different materials and methods for cleaning water.
  • Take on the Bubble Blower Challenge with your little learner to design a bubble blower that can make the biggest bubbles.
Engineering Week: Transportation
  • Use your civil engineering skills to Build an Arch without glue or nails.
  • Build and test a model vehicle for safety in this mini Crash Test activity.
  • Can a paper plane fly with hoops for wings? Find out in Take Flight.
  • Experiment with different nature finds to guess and see what will Sink or Float in water with your littlest learner.
Engineering Week: Sustainable Future
  • Learn how to design an engineering solution to convert physical to electrical in Pedal Power.
  • Design for a sustainable future and make your own Bioplastic with natural materials.
  • Test out different materials to find out which trap heat and which Keep Things Cool.
  • Our littlest learners can test their engineering skills by building tiny Nature Homes for slugs and worms.
Pollinator Week: Flowers and Pollen
  • Take a closer look at flowers and identify their different parts in Flower Dissection.
  • How does pollination work? Use colorful chalk or paint to mimic pollen as it’s carried from plant to plant in Paint Me Pollinated.
Pollinator Week: Insects
Pollinator Week: Unusual Pollinators
  • Watch The Last Butterfly, a behind-the-scenes look at how PacSci gets, hatches, and cares for the butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House, as well as what’s happened during our temporary closure.
  • Not all flowers are pollinated by insects or other animal pollinators. Learn which flowers rely on pollen Blowing in the Wind!
  • Build a fantastic flower, then predict what animal would be its perfect pollinator in Growing Together.
  • Sing along with your little learner to this Bumble Bee Song for a fun twist on a classic!
Pollinator Week: Helping Pollinators

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PacSci Streaming Videos

Curiosity never closes, which is why we’re bringing your favorite PacSci experiences to you. Watch new butterflies emerge, check in on the mole rat colony, try your hand at an at-home Tinker Tank activity, or watch a Live Science Show.

 

Live Science Shows

See experiments, theatrics, and tricks in action during one of PacSci’s Live Science Shows. See shows on PacSci Now or live with a rotating selection at the science center. Each promises to inspire curiosity, enlighten, and entertain people of all ages.

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PacSci Now: Experiences On-Demand

PacSci Now: Experiences on Demand brings you into daily life at PacSci with behind-the-scenes content. See the butterflies flutter, listen to interviews with staff, try STEM activities, meet STEM professionals, and learn about a wide variety of scientific topics. Get to know the fun and quirky side of PacSci, while learning about scientific topics.

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Early Childhood Explorations

Check out these fun ways for preschool aged kids and families to investigate science. Inspire your early learner’s curiosity with hands-on activities, dynamic, touchable exhibits, opportunities to experiment, and of course learn.

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Tinker Tank at Home

Design, build, test and repeat! Continue experimenting and innovating with Tinker Tank at Home. Check out these instructional videos of do-it-yourself activities. Build a milk carton boat, create a carbon-dioxide rich atmosphere, make squishy circuits, and more.

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Watch the Naked Mole Rats

Miss Elphaba, our Naked Mole Rat Queen? Watch her and the rest of the colony on the Naked Mole Rate Livecam.

Learn more about our naked mole rats

Virtual Planetarium Show

Blast-off to the outer reaches of the universe, or explore the planets in our own solar system. Discuss current astronomy news and learn about recent discoveries. Each show is live and presenters can modify the program based on interest.

View the full video playlist

 

At Home Activities

The activities below are listed by STEM topic, and then further broken down into age group categories within each section. Be curious and learn about science at home!

All Ages Activities
2019 Summer Science Club Workbook

Try some of the activities from our 2019 Summer Science Club. Each week science-related activities to spark kids’ curiosity. Download the 2019 Summer Science Club Workbook

Coloring Page: PacSci’s Arches

Be an artist and color in our Arches! Make sure to share your creations using #pacsci.

Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden

Pollinators have a very important job in sustaining ecosystems: they fertilize plants as they travel ensuring that we and other animals and food and flowers. Support pollinators and Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden.

Make a Lava Lamp

Learn about fluid dynamics by making a lava lamp

Handwashing Challenge

How does handwashing prevent the spreading of viruses? Watch this video to find out.

Hand Hygiene Science

Try your hand at this germ-busting hygiene activity.

Illusion of Forced Perspective

Experiment in the Illusion of Forced Perspective activity and make a small object look bigger than you are in a photograph.

Make a Spirograph

Create mathematical art with a homemade Spirograph.

Making Oobleck

Discover with the PacSci team! Become a material scientist and make Oobleck and investigate its weird properties.

Naked Mole Rat Observations

Observe and scan sample our Naked Mole Rat colony, then record your findings in the Naked Mole Rats Observation activity.

Oil Spill Clean Up

Become an environmental engineer research, design, and test ways to clean up polluted bodies of water in Oil Spill Clean Up.

PacSci Now: Interview with the Laser Dome Team

Watch this behind-the-scenes look at PacSci’s Laser Dome, learn about its history and how the lasers work.

PacSci Now: Laser Dome Performance 360

Watch this special 360° video of a laser performance by our Laser Dome artist, MoTown.

PacSci Now: Making Slime

Yucky, gooey slime! Make slime using everyday materials with the PacSci team.

Rock Candy

Become a crystallographer by making sugar rock crystals and seeing how they form.

Stop Edits

Create a movie with fantastical illusions using special effects in Stop Edits.

Tinker Tank at Home: Build a 3D Hologram Projector

Build 3D hologram projector using a smart phone with Tinker Tank at Home.

Coloring Pages

We love seeing your work! Make sure to share your creations using #pacsci.

 

PacSci’s Arches

Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Beetle

Download the sheet (for our littlest learners)

 

Butterfly and Habitat

Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Dinosaur Fossils

Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Poppies and Their Pollinator Friends

Watch and follow along (Grades 3 and up)

 

Tardigrade

Download the sheet (all ages)

 

Documentaries

We’re happy to bring you some of our educational documentaries available on streaming services at a no- or low-cost. Watch some of the old favorites as well as new adventures.

 

 

America’s Musical Journey

Available on: YouTube (free) as well as Apple TV and GoUSA TV via Roku
Go on a cross-country journey celebrating the unique diversity of America’s musical heritage.

Download the Educator’s Guide

 

Coral Reef Adventure

Available on: Amazon Prime
Explore the world’s most beautiful and endangered coral reefs across the South Pacific. Follow filmmakers on an expedition documenting coral reefs, their ecosystems, and the importance of the creatures that live there.

Download the Educator’s Guide

 

Dinosaurs Alive!

Available on: Vimeo (free through June 15, 2020), also available in Spanish and French
Go with some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they research the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous. Uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us.

Download the Educator’s Guide

 

Dolphins

Available on: Amazon Prime
Wondering how dolphins communicate? Watch this Academy Award nominated documentary to get a playful, up-close look at the dolphins of Alaska, Patagonia and the Bahamas. Discover new perspectives on their remarkable intelligence.

Download the Educator’s Guide
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Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Available on: Vimeo on Demand
Transform how you think about engineering in this documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges. See the inspiring stories of innovations big and small and the engineers behind them while thinking about ways to create a more sustainable future for us all.

Download the Educator’s Guide
View additional educational resources

 

Hubble

Available on: Amazon Prime
Journey through distant galaxies, and go with astronauts as they attempt the most important task in NASA’s history. This film, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, gives an inspiring look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy.

Download the Educator’s Guide

 

Humpback Whales

Available on: Vimeo on Demand
This extraordinary journey, narrated by Ewan McGregor, takes you into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Get an up-close look at how humpback whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young.

Download the Educator Guide
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Mummies

Available on: Vimeo (free through June 15, 2020), also available in Spanish and French
Piece together the archaeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. Follow researchers and explorers to one of the greatest finds in modern history: the late 19th century discovery of a cache of forty mummies, including twelve Kings of Egypt, among them the legendary Rameses the Great.

Download the Educator’s Guide

 

National Parks Adventure

Available on: Vimeo on Demand
Looking for an adventure? Robert Redford takes us on an ultimate off-trail journey into the nation’s untamed wilderness in places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and many more. Soar over red rock canyons, hurtle up craggy mountain peaks, and venture into other-worldly realms.

Download the Educator’s Guide
View additional educational resources

 

St. Helens: Out of the Ash

Available on: PBS Documentaries (free)
On May 18, 1980 Mt. St. Helens erupted and captured the attention of the world. Watch the story of the cataclysmic events of that day, and the miraculous resiliency of Nature as life returns out of the ash.

 

The Living Sea

Available on: Amazon Prime
This mesmerizing Academy Award-nominated film brings together the sounds of Sting and the voice of Meryl Streep with the wonders of the ocean. Celebrate the beauty and diversity of the ocean and explore our relationship with this complex and fragile environment.

 

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius

Available on: Amazon Prime
Retrace Van Gogh’s artistic journey from the time of his first canvases at age 27 to his death 9 years later—a period during which he painted more than 900 paintings. See his art take on new life in this experiential film.

 

Wild Ocean

Available on: Vimeo (free through June 15, 2020), also available in Spanish and French
Explore the interplay between man and our endangered ocean ecosystem in this award-winning film. See one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles, an underwater feeding frenzy, as well as an epic struggle for survival where all ocean life collide with the most voracious sea predator, mankind.

Download the Educator’s Guide

Early Childhood At Home Activities

Activities
Animal Signs Scavenger Hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt to look for different signs that animals have been nearby.

Bubble Blower Challenge

Take on the Bubble Blower Challenge with your little learner to design a bubble blower that can make the biggest bubbles.

Bumble Bee Song

Sing along with your little learner to this Bumble Bee Song for a fun twist on a classic!

Color a Beetle

Download the coloring page.

Crystal Painting

Watch Crystal Painting and make a shimmering artwork.

Flower Crowns

Go on a walk, pick some flowers, and learn how to make Flower Crowns with your little learner!

Make a Butterfly

Watch and follow along to make a beautiful butterfly out of materials around your home.

Make a Birdfeeder

Make a birdfeeder and attract birds to your neighborhood or home.

Nature Homes

Test your engineering skills by building tiny Nature Homes for slugs and worms.

Paint Like a Snake

Make an artwork using string and rope to paint like a snake.

Parts of an Insect

Check out the different Parts of an Insect and learn how to draw them, from antenna to abdomen.

Rock Dances

Watch and discover how the Earth makes rocks through movement in Rock Dances.

Rock Flower Garden

Watch Rock Flower Garden and use different shaped and colored rocks to make a garden.

Shape Walk

Follow along with PacSci educators on a shape walk. Find shapes in nature, buildings, animals, and more.

Shaving Cream Watercolors

Make a masterpiece of out of watercolors and shaving cream.

Sink or Float

Experiment with different nature finds to guess and see what will Sink or Float in water.

 

 

Grades K-2 At Home Activities

k-2 Astronomy and Meteorology
Crater Creators

Learn about the impact asteroids and meteorites have on our moon and other planetary bodies in Crater Creators.

Extraterrestrial Adventure

If you met an extraterrestrial, what do you think it would it look like? Create a new life form in Extraterrestrial Adventure.

Going Through a Phase

Create a model of the phases of the Moon, Earth, and Sun in Going Through a Phase.

Marshmallow Constellations

Learn about some constellations and make 3D models of your favorites in Marshmallow Constellations.

Milky Way Haze

Wonder why the Milky Way resembles a hazy, cloud-like strip in the sky? Find out in Milky Way Haze.

PacSci Now: Virtual Planetarium: The Sky Tonight

Watch the Virtual Planetarium: The Sky Tonight and discover how the stars can be used for navigation and how to find constellations and planets.

Shadow Tracking

How did people keep track of time before electricity? Learn how to track shadows to see how the sun changes positions throughout the day in Shadow Tracking.

Sizing Up the Stars

Stars come in many colors, temperatures, and sizes. Make your own models of stars in Sizing Up the Stars.

Star Finder

Make a rotating star locator to find the constellations visible in the night sky throughout the year in Star Finder.

K-2 Biology and Animals
Fabulous Fat, Cold Feet, How Tall Are You, Really

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Detective in the Dark, Thaumatrope, Tricky Temperature, Bendable Bones, All Thumbs, Jump for Joy

Download the English version

Adaptation Artistry

Use your imagination to design a habitat on Earth 100+ years from now in Adaptation Artistry.

Animal Tracks

What can animal tracks tell us? Play the Animal Tracks matching game to identify footprints, then make your own tracks.

Bee Hotel

Learn how to build a Bee Hotel to provide nesting habitat to solitary bees.

Bird Beak Buffet

Find out why birds have such different beaks and how this adaptation helps them survive in Bird Beak Buffet.

Blind Spot and Hole in the Hand

Can you trust everything your eyes see? Experience the sensory process of your eyes sending your brain information in Blind Spot and Hole in the Hand activities.

Blowing in the Wind

Not all flowers are pollinated by insects or other animal pollinators. Learn which flowers rely on pollen Blowing in the Wind!

Butterflies Emerging

Have you ever see the moment that butterflies emerge from a chrysalis? Watch this insider’s glimpse.

Butterfly Puddle Station

Create a healthy habitat for butterflies and observe who visits your Butterfly Puddle Station.

Color My World

Make a light box to view different objects in different colors in Color My World.

Create an Afterimage

Our eyes work together with our brains to create a conscious image of the world around us. Experience a type of illusion in Create an Afterimage.

Flower Dissection

Take a closer look at flowers and identify their different parts in Flower Dissection.

Growing Together

Build a fantastic flower, then predict what animal would be its perfect pollinator in Growing Together.

Hand Hygiene Science

Try your hand at this germ-busting hygiene activity.

Habitat Match

Explore different animal adaptations that may help them overcome challenges living in their environments in Habitat Match.

Handwashing Challenge

How does handwashing prevent the spreading of viruses? Watch this video to find out.

Illusion of Forced Perspective

Experiment in the Illusion of Forced Perspective activity and make a small object look bigger than you are in a photograph.

Insect Exploration

Go on an Insect Exploration and learn which insects pollinate which plants!

Jump for Joy

Which animals can jump farther than humans? Find out the answer by comparing your jump distance with animals’ in Jump for Joy.

Live Science Show: Illusions

Watch the Illusions Live Science Show and learn how the brain and eyes work together to create optical illusions.

Live Science Show: Masters of Mimicry

How do animals hide in plain sight? Explore adaptations and evolution through storytelling and interactive experiments in Masters of Mimicry.

Live Science Show: Snake Tales

Meet one of PacSci’s corn snakes and go on a poetic journey in our Live Science Show, Snake Tales.

Math & Science Mashup: Cookie Making

Make chocolate chip cookies and the science behind each ingredient and step.

Math & Science Mashups: Food Science

Experiment with yeast and other ingredients at home to learn more about food.

Make Your Own Insect Lifecycle

Ever wonder what an insect’s life is like, especially the butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House? Learn about insect lifecycles and make your own.

Naked Mole Rats Observation

Observe and scan sample our Naked Mole Rat colony, then record your findings in the Naked Mole Rats Observation activity.

PacSci Now: Fossil Clues

Watch Fossil Clues and examine fossils and skulls to uncover mysteries about dinosaurs.

PacSci Now: Meet a Tarantula

Meet Senora, an Arizona Blonde Tarantula in this PacSci Now video! Learn about how arachnids see, move, feel around, and more.

PacSci Now: Washington’s Native Bumblebees

Discover Washington’s Native Bumblebees! Learn about how scientists catch and study bees, sonication, and how you can help bumblebees.

PacSci Now: Wild About Whales

Watch Wild About Whales and learn about one of everyone’s favorite marine mammals.

Paint Me Pollinated

How does pollination work? Use colorful chalk or paint to mimic pollen as it’s carried from plant to plant in Paint Me Pollinated.

Spider Silk Hunt

All spiders produce silk, but they do it for very different reasons. Go looking for spider webs in Spider Silk Hunt.

Test Your Spider Knowledge

Spiders are often seen as scary and are misunderstood. How well do you know spiders? Try the Test Your Spider Knowledge activity.

Whale Feeding

Did you know that whales feed in two different ways? Learn more in the Whale Feeding activity.

What’s That Buzz

Play a sorting game to learn which buzzing insect is which in What’s That Buzz?

K-2 Chemistry
Beat the Heat

Design and test insulators in Beat the Heat and figure out a way to keep a vaccine cool.

Bubble Blast

Is it possible to make bubbles better? Become a chemical engineer in Bubble Blast to learn about bubbles’ chemical properties and design your own bubble.

Polished Pennies

Create chemical reactions while polishing pennies in this activity.

K-2 Engineering
Machine Building Station, Build a Paper Bridge, Hideouts

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Blow My House Down, Toothpick Towers, Treasure Collector

Download the English version

Ball Bounce

Do all balls bounce in the same way? Discover materials and structures’ different characteristics in Ball Bounce.

Beat the Heat

Be a materials engineer and design and test an insulators in Beat the Heat.

Blow Down My House

Use your engineering skills to build a sturdy house and test its strength in Blow Down My House.

Bioplastic

Design for a sustainable future and make your own Bioplastic with natural materials.

Cardboard City

Design and build a Cardboard City that reflect the services, layouts, features, and styles of the residents that will live there.

Crash Test

Build and test a model vehicle for safety in this mini Crash Test activity.

Design a Solution

Use your engineering skills to design new inventions that can solve problems, using natural and renewable resources in Design a Solution.

Filtration Station

Design a Filtration Station and explore different materials and methods for cleaning water.

Keep Things Cool

Test out different materials to find out which trap heat and which Keep Things Cool.

Making Oobleck

Discover with the PacSci team! Become a material scientist and make Oobleck and investigate its weird properties.

PacSci Now: Build an Arch

Use your civil engineering skills to Build an Arch without glue or nails.

PacSci Now: Making Slime

Yucky, gooey slime! Make slime using everyday materials with the PacSci team.

PacSci Now: Pedal Power

Learn how to design an engineering solution to convert physical to electrical in Pedal Power.

Spaghetti Towers

Explore shape and structure in Spaghetti Towers while designing, building, and redesigning the tallest tower possible.

Stop Edits

Create a movie with fantastical illusions using special effects in Stop Edits.

Take Flight

Can a paper plane fly with hoops for wings? Find out in Take Flight.

Tinker Tank at Home: Build a Milk Carton Boat

Make milk carton boats and challenge friends and family to a Milk Carton Derby!

Tinker Tank at Home: Electric Circuits

Watch Electric Circuits and use the scientific method to learn about electricity, circuits, and conduction with objects you can find at home.

Tinker Tank at Home: Make Mini Lightsabers

Watch and make a mini lightsaber with Tinker Tank at Home.

Wind Powered Cars

Design a vehicle that is powered by the wind, test your invention, and redesign it to make it even better in Wind Powered Cars.

K-2 Geology and Environmental Science
Rock and Roll: Dissolve a Rock, Cast from the Past, Rock Candy

Download the English version
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Rock and Roll: Egg Shell Geodes, Fossil Mystery, My Favorite Rock, Petrified, Soil Sample Survivors

Download the English version

Beach Erosion

How do beaches change over time? Make a model of a beach and see what effect waves have in Beach Erosion.

Capture the Quake

Make a seismograph in Capture the Quake to measure your own home-made earthquakes.

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Explore the environment, flora, and fauna around your home and go on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt.

Ecosystem Surveys

Be a scientist and observe a nearby ecosystem like a park or backyard and record your observations in Ecosystem Surveys.

Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics

Create plate boundaries in Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics and watch what happens to the Earth’s crust the plates move.

Grow Your Own Crystals

Crystals occur many places in nature, and now at your home! Grown Your Own Crystals and observe their molecular structure.

Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden

Pollinators have a very important job in sustaining ecosystems: they fertilize plants as they travel ensuring that we and other animals and food and flowers. Support pollinators and Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden.

Hungry, Hungry Ocean

Take a dive into the ocean’s food web in Hungry, Hungry Ocean to create and connect marine organisms.

Imaginary Ecosystem

Create an Imaginary Ecosystem for animals that includes living and non-living factors.

Observations in Sound

Get a deeper understanding of the world around you by making a sound map in Observations in Sound.

Observing Our Oceans

Investigate the impact of ice melting due to climate change and how that affects sea levels in Observing Our Oceans.

Oil Spill Clean Up

Become an environmental engineer research, design, and test ways to clean up polluted bodies of water in Oil Spill Clean Up.

PacSci Now: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes

Watch PacSci Now: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes and Learn about plate tectonics and how these masses of rock cause earthquakes.

PacSci Now: Rocks and Minerals

Watch Rocks and Minerals and discover what rocks can tell us about the past as well as the history of Earth.

PacSci Now: We All Live Downstream

Watch and experience We All Live Downstream, then see how water gets from mountains to streams.

Pattern Hunt

Patterns can be found everywhere! Go on a nature Pattern Hunt and look for similarities and differences.

Rock Candy

Become a crystallographer by making sugar rock crystals and seeing how they form.

Rock Cycle

Make models of three different rock types in Rock Cycle to learn about how each is formed.

Watershed Exploration

Create a watershed model and explore how water interacts with the land in Watershed Exploration.

K-2 Math
Mathfinder: Paper Picado, In or Out, How Many Times

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Mathfinder: Candy Math, Fruit Salad Symmetry

Download the English version

Fair and Square

Complete the Fair and Square activity to learn about spatial awareness.

From a Circle to a Square to a…

Test your skills by making shapes from a circle of 12 dots in this activity.

Personal Measuring Systems

Measure things at home based on your own measuring unit in this activity.

 

K-2 Physics
POW!: Sound Amplifiers, Shrinking Air, Spoon Mirror and Glass Lens

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POW!: Moose Callers, Magnetic Fishing Game

Download the English version

Liquid Nitrogen Experiment

Air moves fast, liquids move slowly, and solids don’t move much at all. Is the same true for molecules? Watch this video to see how liquid nitrogen (LN2) moves.

Live Science Show: Amazing Air

Watch Amazing Air and experiment with the hidden power of high and low air pressure.

Live Science Show: Physics of Bubbles

Find out how bubbles work in Physics of Bubbles Live Science Show. See them float, fly, and burst into flames!

Live Science Show: Super Cold

Experience the thrills, spills and chills of a liquid so cold it doesn’t exist naturally on Planet Earth! Watch one of everyone’s favorite Live Science Shows, Super Cold.

Boat Afloat

Explore buoyancy and gravity by designing a boat in Boat Afloat using the engineering processes of design, test, and redesign.

Pressure Inside

Wonder what makes popcorn pop? Get a taste of edible physics while learning about states of matter in Pressure Inside.

Shrinking Air

Investigate the amount of space that air takes up and see how it changes with temperature.

Sink or Float

Play Sink or Float to find out how objects with different masses and volumes react in water.

Tinker Tank at Home: Buoyancy and Gravity

Water and oil may not mix, but they sure do create one fun science experiment! Watch this video to discover which materials are more buoyant and dense.

Under Pressure

Learn about the effects of air and air pressure in the activity Under Pressure.

Use the Force

Invisible forces are at work on Earth and in space that move and shape our world. Learn about these forces and see if you can move an object without a physical push in Use the Force.

 

Grades 3-5 At Home Activities

3-5 Astronomy and Meteorology
Space Odyssey: Color My World, Marshmallow Constellations, Moving Target

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Crater Creators

Learn about the impact asteroids and meteorites have on our moon and other planetary bodies in Crater Creators.

Extraterrestrial Adventure

If you met an extraterrestrial, what do you think it would it look like? Create a new life form in Extraterrestrial Adventure.

Fog in a Jar

Discover the science behind weather and create fog inside of a jar.

Going Through a Phase

Create a model of the phases of the Moon, Earth, and Sun in Going Through a Phase.

Marshmallow Constellations

Learn about some constellations and make 3D models of your favorites in Marshmallow Constellations.

Milky Way Haze

Wonder why the Milky Way resembles a hazy, cloud-like strip in the sky? Find out in Milky Way Haze.

PacSci Now: Spectroscopy

Watch PacSci Now: Spectroscopy to learn about how gas interacts with light AND how lightsabers work.

PacSci Now: Strange Planets

Did you know Saturn has a strange hexagon around its North Pole? Watch and learn more about spinning storms in PacSci Now: Strange Planets.

PacSci Now: Virtual Planetarium: The Sky Tonight

Watch the Virtual Planetarium: The Sky Tonight and discover how the stars can be used for navigation and how to find constellations and planets.

Shadow Tracking

How did people keep track of time before electricity? Learn how to track shadows to see how the sun changes positions throughout the day in Shadow Tracking.

Sizing Up the Stars

Stars come in many colors, temperatures, and sizes. Make your own models of stars in Sizing Up the Stars.

Star Finder

Make a rotating star locator to find the constellations visible in the night sky throughout the year in Star Finder.

 

 

 

3-5 Biology and Animals
Osmosis Eggs, Reaction Time, After Image, Bendable Bones, Tricky Temperature, More Than Meets the Eye

Download the English version

Trick Your Taste Buds, Make a Model Lunch, How Tall Are You, Really

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Adaptation Artistry

Use your imagination to design a habitat on Earth 100+ years from now in Adaptation Artistry.

Animal Tracks

What can animal tracks tell us? Play the Animal Tracks matching game to identify footprints, then make your own tracks.

Bee Hotel

Learn how to build a Bee Hotel to provide nesting habitat to solitary bees.

Bird Beak Buffet

Find out why birds have such different beaks and how this adaptation helps them survive in Bird Beak Buffet.

Blind Spot and Hole in the Hand

Can you trust everything your eyes see? Experience the sensory process of your eyes sending your brain information in Blind Spot and Hole in the Hand activities.

Blowing in the Wind

Not all flowers are pollinated by insects or other animal pollinators. Learn which flowers rely on pollen Blowing in the Wind!

Butterflies Emerging

Have you ever see the moment that butterflies emerge from a chrysalis? Watch this insider’s glimpse.

Butterfly Puddle Station

Create a healthy habitat for butterflies and observe who visits your Butterfly Puddle Station.

Color My World

Make a light box to view different objects in different colors in Color My World.

Create an Afterimage

Our eyes work together with our brains to create a conscious image of the world around us. Experience a type of illusion in Create an Afterimage.

DNA Extraction

Use common kitchen items to extract DNA from fruits and veggies.

Don’t Bug Me

Step into an epidemiologists’ shoes and prevent the spread of the flu in Don’t Bug Me!

Flower Dissection

Take a closer look at flowers and identify their different parts in Flower Dissection.

Growing Together

Build a fantastic flower, then predict what animal would be its perfect pollinator in Growing Together.

Habitat Match

Explore different animal adaptations that may help them overcome challenges living in their environments in Habitat Match.

Hand Hygiene Science

Try your hand at this germ-busting hygiene activity.

Handwashing Challenge

How does handwashing prevent the spreading of viruses? Watch this video to find out.

Human Brain Demonstration

See and learn from a real human brain in this video activity.

Illusion of Forced Perspective

Experiment in the Illusion of Forced Perspective activity and make a small object look bigger than you are in a photograph.

Insect Exploration

Go on an Insect Exploration and learn which insects pollinate which plants!

Jump for Joy

Which animals can jump farther than humans? Find out the answer by comparing your jump distance with animals’ in Jump for Joy.

Live Science Show: Illusions

Watch the Illusions Live Science Show and learn how the brain and eyes work together to create optical illusions.

Live Science Show: Masters of Mimicry

How do animals hide in plain sight? Explore adaptations and evolution through storytelling and interactive experiments in Masters of Mimicry.

Live Science Show: Snake Tales

Meet one of PacSci’s corn snakes and go on a poetic journey in our Live Science Show, Snake Tales.

More Than Meets the Eye

Look at these optical illusions and discover the role your brain plays in interpreting sensory input.

Math & Science Mashup: Cookie Making

Make chocolate chip cookies and the science behind each ingredient and step.

Math & Science Mashups: Food Science

Experiment with yeast and other ingredients at home to learn more about food.

Make a Model Lung

Make a model lung to learn about how the diaphragm works with lungs to allow us to breath.

Make Your Own Insect Lifecycle

Ever wonder what an insect’s life is like, especially the butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House? Learn about insect lifecycles and make your own.

Make Your Own Thermometer

Learn about temperature and make your own thermometer.

Naked Mole Rats Observation

Observe and scan sample our Naked Mole Rat colony, then record your findings in the Naked Mole Rats Observation activity.

PacSci Now: Fossil Clues

Watch Fossil Clues and examine fossils and skulls to uncover mysteries about dinosaurs.

PacSci Now: Meet a Tarantula

Meet Senora, an Arizona Blonde Tarantula in this PacSci Now video! Learn about how arachnids see, move, feel around, and more.

PacSci Now: The Last Butterfly

Watch The Last Butterfly, a behind-the-scenes look at how PacSci gets, hatches, and cares for the butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House, as well as what’s happened during our temporary closure.

PacSci Now: The Respiratory System

Wondering how lungs work? Watch this demonstration with PacSci’s educators.

PacSci Now: Washington’s Native Bumblebees

Discover Washington’s Native Bumblebees! Learn about how scientists catch and study bees, sonication, and how you can help bumblebees.

PacSci Now: Wild About Whales

Watch Wild About Whales and learn about one of everyone’s favorite marine mammals.

Paint Me Pollinated

How does pollination work? Use colorful chalk or paint to mimic pollen as it’s carried from plant to plant in Paint Me Pollinated.

Reaction Time

Learn about reflexes and measure your reaction time.

Spider Silk Hunt

All spiders produce silk, but they do it for very different reasons. Go looking for spider webs in Spider Silk Hunt.

Test Your Spider Knowledge

Spiders are often seen as scary and are misunderstood. How well do you know spiders? Try the Test Your Spider Knowledge activity.

Trick Your Taste Buds

Trick your taste buds and see how these two senses are linked in the brain.

Whale Feeding

Did you know that whales feed in two different ways? Learn more in the Whale Feeding activity.

What’s That Buzz

Play a sorting game to learn which buzzing insect is which in What’s That Buzz?

3-5 Chemistry
Beat the Heat

Design and test insulators in Beat the Heat and figure out a way to keep a vaccine cool.

Bubble Blast

Is it possible to make bubbles better? Become a chemical engineer in Bubble Blast to learn about bubbles’ chemical properties and design your own bubble.

Cryptic Chromatography

Try this Cryptic Chromatography activity and learn about forensic science and the chemistry behind colors.

Polished Pennies

Create chemical reactions while polishing pennies in this activity.

Beat the Heat

Be a materials engineer and design and test an insulators in Beat the Heat.

Filtration Station

Design a Filtration Station and explore different materials and methods for cleaning water.

3-5 Engineering
Rubber Band Racers, Homemade Balloon Rockets

Download the English version

Machine Building Station, Straw Towers, Oobleck

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Ball Bounce

Do all balls bounce in the same way? Discover materials and structures’ different characteristics in Ball Bounce.

Beat the Heat

Be a materials engineer and design and test an insulators in Beat the Heat.

Bioplastic

Design for a sustainable future and make your own Bioplastic with natural materials.

Cardboard City

Design and build a Cardboard City that reflect the services, layouts, features, and styles of the residents that will live there.

Crash Test

Build and test a model vehicle for safety in this mini Crash Test activity.

Design a Solution

Use your engineering skills to design new inventions that can solve problems, using natural and renewable resources in Design a Solution.

Filtration Station

Design a Filtration Station and explore different materials and methods for cleaning water.

Keep Things Cool

Test out different materials to find out which trap heat and which Keep Things Cool.

Making Oobleck

Discover with the PacSci team! Become a material scientist and make Oobleck and investigate its weird properties.

PacSci Now: Build an Arch

Use your civil engineering skills to Build an Arch without glue or nails.

PacSci Now: Making Slime

Yucky, gooey slime! Make slime using everyday materials with the PacSci team.

PacSci Now: Pedal Power

Learn how to design an engineering solution to convert physical to electrical in Pedal Power.

Spaghetti Towers

Explore shape and structure in Spaghetti Towers while designing, building, and redesigning the tallest tower possible.

Stop Edits

Create a movie with fantastical illusions using special effects in Stop Edits.

Take Flight

Can a paper plane fly with hoops for wings? Find out in Take Flight.

Tinker Tank at Home: Build a 3D Hologram Projector

Build 3D hologram projector using a smart phone with Tinker Tank at Home.

Tinker Tank at Home: Build a Milk Carton Boat

Make milk carton boats and challenge friends and family to a Milk Carton Derby!

Tinker Tank at Home: Electric Circuits

Watch Electric Circuits and use the scientific method to learn about electricity, circuits, and conduction with objects you can find at home.

Tinker Tank at Home: Make Mini Lightsabers

Watch and make a mini lightsaber with Tinker Tank at Home.

Wind Powered Cars

Design a vehicle that is powered by the wind, test your invention, and redesign it to make it even better in Wind Powered Cars.

3-5 Geology and Environmental Science
Rock and Roll: Rock Candy, Magic Shell Volcanos, Candy Caves

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Rock and Roll: Pumice of Paris, Crack This Case, Crystal Garden, Rock Crayons, Rock Vocabulary, Soap Crayons

Download the English version

Beach Erosion

How do beaches change over time? Make a model of a beach and see what effect waves have in Beach Erosion.

Capture the Quake

Make a seismograph in Capture the Quake to measure your own home-made earthquakes.

Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics

Create plate boundaries in Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics and watch what happens to the Earth’s crust the plates move.

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Explore the environment, flora, and fauna around your home and go on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt.

Ecosystem Surveys

Be a scientist and observe a nearby ecosystem like a park or backyard and record your observations in Ecosystem Surveys.

Grow Your Own Crystals

Crystals occur many places in nature, and now at your home! Grown Your Own Crystals and observe their molecular structure.

Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden

Pollinators have a very important job in sustaining ecosystems: they fertilize plants as they travel ensuring that we and other animals and food and flowers. Support pollinators and Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden.

Hungry, Hungry Ocean

Take a dive into the ocean’s food web in Hungry, Hungry Ocean to create and connect marine organisms.

Imaginary Ecosystem

Create an Imaginary Ecosystem for animals that includes living and non-living factors.

Observations in Sound

Get a deeper understanding of the world around you by making a sound map in Observations in Sound.

Observing Our Oceans

Investigate the impact of ice melting due to climate change and how that affects sea levels in Observing Our Oceans.

Oil Spill Clean Up

Become an environmental engineer research, design, and test ways to clean up polluted bodies of water in Oil Spill Clean Up.

PacSci Now: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes

Watch PacSci Now: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes and Learn about plate tectonics and how these masses of rock cause earthquakes.

PacSci Now: Rocks and Minerals

Watch Rocks and Minerals and discover what rocks can tell us about the past as well as the history of Earth.

PacSci Now: We All Live Downstream

Watch and experience We All Live Downstream, then see how water gets from mountains to streams.

Pattern Hunt

Patterns can be found everywhere! Go on a nature Pattern Hunt and look for similarities and differences.

Rock Candy

Become a crystallographer by making sugar rock crystals and seeing how they form.

Rock Cycle

Make models of three different rock types in Rock Cycle to learn about how each is formed.

Tinker Tank at Home: Ocean Acidification

Discover how the ocean atmosphere interacts with carbon dioxide gas and how it diffuses into water in Ocean Acidification.

Watershed Exploration

Create a watershed model and explore how water interacts with the land in Watershed Exploration.

3-5 Math
Mathfinder: Cylindrical Volume, Center of Attention

Download the English version

Mathfinder: Pentominoes, Game of Nim, Palindromes

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

From a Circle to a Square to a…

Test your skills by making shapes from a circle of 12 dots in this activity

Personal Measuring Systems

Measure things at home based on your own measuring unit in this activity

 

3-5 Physics
POW!: Pitch Paradox, Light Though Water

Download the English version

POW!: Lever Lift, Light Relays, Aiming and Catching Sound Waves

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Aiming and Catching Sound Waves

Use two cardboard tubes to aim sound waves at a wall and bounce them back into your ears. Try the Aiming and Catching Sound Waves activity

Boat Afloat

Explore buoyancy and gravity by designing a boat in Boat Afloat using the engineering processes of design, test, and redesign.

Liquid Nitrogen Experiment

Air moves fast, liquids move slowly, and solids don’t move much at all. Is the same true for molecules? Watch this video to see how liquid nitrogen (LN2) moves.

Live Science Show: Amazing Air

Watch Amazing Air and experiment with the hidden power of high and low air pressure.

Live Science Show: Physics of Bubbles

Find out how bubbles work in Physics of Bubbles Live Science Show. See them float, fly, and burst into flames!

Live Science Show: Super Cold

Experience the thrills, spills and chills of a liquid so cold it doesn’t exist naturally on Planet Earth! Watch one of everyone’s favorite Live Science Shows, Super Cold.

Make a Lava Lamp

Learn about fluid dynamics by making a lava lamp.

Pressure Inside

Wonder what makes popcorn pop? Get a taste of edible physics while learning about states of matter in Pressure Inside.

Sink or Float

Play Sink or Float to find out how objects with different masses and volumes react in water.

Tinker Tank at Home: Buoyancy and Gravity

Water and oil may not mix, but they sure do create one fun science experiment! Watch this video to discover which materials are more buoyant and dense.

Under Pressure

Learn about the effects of air and air pressure in the activity Under Pressure.

Use the Force

Invisible forces are at work on Earth and in space that move and shape our world. Learn about these forces and see if you can move an object without a physical push in Use the Force.

 

Grades 6-8 At Home Activities

6-8 Astronomy and Meteorology
Crater Creators

Learn about the impact asteroids and meteorites have on our moon and other planetary bodies in Crater Creators.

Extraterrestrial Adventure

If you met an extraterrestrial, what do you think it would it look like? Create a new life form in Extraterrestrial Adventure.

Fog in a Jar

Discover the science behind weather and create fog inside of a jar.

Going Through a Phase

Create a model of the phases of the Moon, Earth, and Sun in Going Through a Phase.

Marshmallow Constellations

Learn about some constellations and make 3D models of your favorites in Marshmallow Constellations.

Milky Way Haze

Wonder why the Milky Way resembles a hazy, cloud-like strip in the sky? Find out in Milky Way Haze.

PacSci Now: Spectroscopy

Watch PacSci Now: Spectroscopy to learn about how gas interacts with light AND how lightsabers work.

PacSci Now: Strange Planets

Did you know Saturn has a strange hexagon around its North Pole? Watch and learn more about spinning storms in PacSci Now: Strange Planets.

PacSci Now: Virtual Planetarium: The Sky Tonight

Watch the Virtual Planetarium: The Sky Tonight and discover how the stars can be used for navigation and how to find constellations and planets.

Shadow Tracking

How did people keep track of time before electricity? Learn how to track shadows to see how the sun changes positions throughout the day in Shadow Tracking.

Sizing Up the Stars

Stars come in many colors, temperatures, and sizes. Make your own models of stars in Sizing Up the Stars.

Star Finder

Make a rotating star locator to find the constellations visible in the night sky throughout the year in Star Finder.

 

 

 

 

6-8 Biology and Animals
Make a Model Lung, Reaction Time, Blind Spot

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Trick Your Taste Buds, Fat Breakdown, DNA, Bendable Bones, After Image

Download the English version

Adaptation Artistry

Use your imagination to design a habitat on Earth 100+ years from now in Adaptation Artistry.

Animal Tracks

What can animal tracks tell us? Play the Animal Tracks matching game to identify footprints, then make your own tracks.

Bee Hotel

Learn how to build a Bee Hotel to provide nesting habitat to solitary bees.

Bird Beak Buffet

Find out why birds have such different beaks and how this adaptation helps them survive in Bird Beak Buffet.

Blind Spot and Hole in the Hand

Can you trust everything your eyes see? Experience the sensory process of your eyes sending your brain information in Blind Spot and Hole in the Hand activities.

Blowing in the Wind

Not all flowers are pollinated by insects or other animal pollinators. Learn which flowers rely on pollen Blowing in the Wind!

Butterflies Emerging

Have you ever see the moment that butterflies emerge from a chrysalis? Watch this insider’s glimpse.

Butterfly Puddle Station

Create a healthy habitat for butterflies and observe who visits your Butterfly Puddle Station.

Color My World

Make a light box to view different objects in different colors in Color My World.

Create an Afterimage

Our eyes work together with our brains to create a conscious image of the world around us. Experience a type of illusion in Create an Afterimage.

DNA Extraction

Use common kitchen items to extract DNA from fruits and veggies.

Don’t Bug Me

Step into an epidemiologists’ shoes and prevent the spread of the flu in Don’t Bug Me!

Flower Dissection

Take a closer look at flowers and identify their different parts in Flower Dissection.

Growing Together

Build a fantastic flower, then predict what animal would be its perfect pollinator in Growing Together.

Habitat Match

Explore different animal adaptations that may help them overcome challenges living in their environments in Habitat Match.

Hand Hygiene Science

Try your hand at this germ-busting hygiene activity.

Handwashing Challenge

How does handwashing prevent the spreading of viruses? Watch this video to find out.

Human Brain Demonstration

See and learn from a real human brain in this video activity.

Illusion of Forced Perspective

Experiment in the Illusion of Forced Perspective activity and make a small object look bigger than you are in a photograph.

Insect Exploration

Go on an Insect Exploration and learn which insects pollinate which plants!

Jump for Joy

Which animals can jump farther than humans? Find out the answer by comparing your jump distance with animals’ in Jump for Joy.

Live Science Show: Illusions

Watch the Illusions Live Science Show and learn how the brain and eyes work together to create optical illusions.

Live Science Show: Masters of Mimicry

How do animals hide in plain sight? Explore adaptations and evolution through storytelling and interactive experiments in Masters of Mimicry.

Live Science Show: Snake Tales

Meet one of PacSci’s corn snakes and go on a poetic journey in our Live Science Show, Snake Tales.

Make Your Own Thermometer

Learn about temperature and make your own thermometer.

Mock DNA Profile

Make a mock DNA profile then compare profiles.

Math & Science Mashup: Cookie Making

Make chocolate chip cookies and the science behind each ingredient and step.

Math & Science Mashups: Food Science

Experiment with yeast and other ingredients at home to learn more about food.

Naked Mole Rats Observation

Observe and scan sample our Naked Mole Rat colony, then record your findings in the Naked Mole Rats Observation activity.

PacSci Now: Fossil Clues

Watch Fossil Clues and examine fossils and skulls to uncover mysteries about dinosaurs.

PacSci Now: Meet a Tarantula

Meet Senora, an Arizona Blonde Tarantula in this PacSci Now video! Learn about how arachnids see, move, feel around, and more.

PacSci Now: The Last Butterfly

Watch The Last Butterfly, a behind-the-scenes look at how PacSci gets, hatches, and cares for the butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House, as well as what’s happened during our temporary closure.

PacSci Now: The Respiratory System

Wondering how lungs work? Watch this demonstration with PacSci’s educators.

PacSci Now: Washington’s Native Bumblebees

Discover Washington’s Native Bumblebees! Learn about how scientists catch and study bees, sonication, and how you can help bumblebees.

Paint Me Pollinated

How does pollination work? Use colorful chalk or paint to mimic pollen as it’s carried from plant to plant in Paint Me Pollinated.

Spider Silk Hunt

All spiders produce silk, but they do it for very different reasons. Go looking for spider webs in Spider Silk Hunt.

Test Your Spider Knowledge

Spiders are often seen as scary and are misunderstood. How well do you know spiders? Try the Test Your Spider Knowledge activity.

Whale Feeding

Did you know that whales feed in two different ways? Learn more in the Whale Feeding activity.

What’s That Buzz

Play a sorting game to learn which buzzing insect is which in What’s That Buzz?

6-8 Chemistry
Beat the Heat

Design and test insulators in Beat the Heat and figure out a way to keep a vaccine cool.

Bubble Blast

Is it possible to make bubbles better? Become a chemical engineer in Bubble Blast to learn about bubbles’ chemical properties and design your own bubble.

Cryptic Chromatography

Try this Cryptic Chromatography activity and learn about forensic science and the chemistry behind colors.

 

6-8 Engineering
Get Wired, Straw Towers, Oobleck

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Oil Spill Cleanup, Toothpick Bridge Building, Hovercrafts

Download the English version

Ball Bounce

Do all balls bounce in the same way? Discover materials and structures’ different characteristics in Ball Bounce.

Beat the Heat

Be a materials engineer and design and test an insulators in Beat the Heat.

Bioplastic

Design for a sustainable future and make your own Bioplastic with natural materials.

Cardboard City

Design and build a Cardboard City that reflect the services, layouts, features, and styles of the residents that will live there.

Crash Test

Build and test a model vehicle for safety in this mini Crash Test activity.

Design a Solution

Use your engineering skills to design new inventions that can solve problems, using natural and renewable resources in Design a Solution.

Filtration Station

Design a Filtration Station and explore different materials and methods for cleaning water.

Keep Things Cool

Test out different materials to find out which trap heat and which Keep Things Cool.

Making Oobleck

Discover with the PacSci team! Become a material scientist and make Oobleck and investigate its weird properties.

PacSci Now: Build an Arch

Use your civil engineering skills to Build an Arch without glue or nails.

PacSci Now: Making Slime

Yucky, gooey slime! Make slime using everyday materials with the PacSci team.

PacSci Now: Pedal Power

Learn how to design an engineering solution to convert physical to electrical in Pedal Power.

Spaghetti Towers

Explore shape and structure in Spaghetti Towers while designing, building, and redesigning the tallest tower possible.

Stop Edits

Create a movie with fantastical illusions using special effects in Stop Edits.

Take Flight

Can a paper plane fly with hoops for wings? Find out in Take Flight.

Tinker Tank at Home: Build a 3D Hologram Projector

Build 3D hologram projector using a smart phone with Tinker Tank at Home.

Tinker Tank at Home: Electric Circuits

Watch Electric Circuits and use the scientific method to learn about electricity, circuits, and conduction with objects you can find at home.

Tinker Tank at Home: Make Mini Lightsabers

Watch and make a mini lightsaber with Tinker Tank at Home.

Wind Powered Cars

Design a vehicle that is powered by the wind, test your invention, and redesign it to make it even better in Wind Powered Cars.

6-8 Geology and Environmental Science
Rock and Roll: All Dried Up, Pumice of Paris, Graham Cracker Plate Techtonics

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Rock and Roll: Crystal Garden, Lava Layers, Rock Crayons, Crack This Case, Backyard Volcano

Download the English version

Beach Erosion

How do beaches change over time? Make a model of a beach and see what effect waves have in Beach Erosion.

Capture the Quake

Make a seismograph in Capture the Quake to measure your own home-made earthquakes.

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Explore the environment, flora, and fauna around your home and go on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt.

Ecosystem Surveys

Be a scientist and observe a nearby ecosystem like a park or backyard and record your observations in Ecosystem Surveys.

Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics

Create plate boundaries in Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics and watch what happens to the Earth’s crust the plates move.

Grow Your Own Crystals

Crystals occur many places in nature, and now at your home! Grown Your Own Crystals and observe their molecular structure.

Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden

Pollinators have a very important job in sustaining ecosystems: they fertilize plants as they travel ensuring that we and other animals and food and flowers. Support pollinators and Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden.

Hungry, Hungry Ocean

Take a dive into the ocean’s food web in Hungry, Hungry Ocean to create and connect marine organisms.

Imaginary Ecosystem

Create an Imaginary Ecosystem for animals that includes living and non-living factors.

Observations in Sound

Get a deeper understanding of the world around you by making a sound map in Observations in Sound.

Observing Our Oceans

Investigate the impact of ice melting due to climate change and how that affects sea levels in Observing Our Oceans.

Oil Spill Clean Up

Become an environmental engineer research, design, and test ways to clean up polluted bodies of water in Oil Spill Clean Up.

PacSci Now: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes

Watch PacSci Now: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes and Learn about plate tectonics and how these masses of rock cause earthquakes.

PacSci Now: Rocks and Minerals

Watch Rocks and Minerals and discover what rocks can tell us about the past as well as the history of Earth.

PacSci Now: We All Live Downstream

Watch and experience We All Live Downstream, then see how water gets from mountains to streams.

Pattern Hunt

Patterns can be found everywhere! Go on a nature Pattern Hunt and look for similarities and differences.

Rock Candy

Become a crystallographer by making sugar rock crystals and seeing how they form.

Rock Cycle

Make models of three different rock types in Rock Cycle to learn about how each is formed.

Tinker Tank at Home: Ocean Acidification

Discover how the ocean atmosphere interacts with carbon dioxide gas and how it diffuses into water in Ocean Acidification.

Watershed Exploration

Create a watershed model and explore how water interacts with the land in Watershed Exploration.

6-8 Math
Mathfinder: Birth Date, Fair and Square

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Mathfinder: Weight, Scales, Self Similarity

Download the English version

Make a Mobius Strip

Make a Mobius Strip with this video, or download instructions

Mock DNA Profile

Make a mock DNA profile then compare profiles

 

6-8 Physics
POW!: Unfriendly Balloons, Easy Roller

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

POW!: Create an Electromagnet, What’s an Angle

Download the English version

Boat Afloat

Explore buoyancy and gravity by designing a boat in Boat Afloat using the engineering processes of design, test, and redesign.

Liquid Nitrogen Experiment

Air moves fast, liquids move slowly, and solids don’t move much at all. Is the same true for molecules? Watch this video to see how liquid nitrogen (LN2) moves.

Live Science Show: Amazing Air

Watch Amazing Air and experiment with the hidden power of high and low air pressure.

Live Science Show: Physics of Bubbles

Find out how bubbles work in Physics of Bubbles Live Science Show. See them float, fly, and burst into flames!

Live Science Show: Super Cold

Experience the thrills, spills and chills of a liquid so cold it doesn’t exist naturally on Planet Earth! Watch one of everyone’s favorite Live Science Shows, Super Cold.

Make a Lava Lamp

Learn about fluid dynamics by making a lava lamp.

Pressure Inside

Wonder what makes popcorn pop? Get a taste of edible physics while learning about states of matter in Pressure Inside.

Sink or Float

Play Sink or Float to find out how objects with different masses and volumes react in water.

Under Pressure

Learn about the effects of air and air pressure in the activity Under Pressure.

Use the Force

Invisible forces are at work on Earth and in space that move and shape our world. Learn about these forces and see if you can move an object without a physical push in Use the Force.

 

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