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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 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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We are pleased to provide these experiences to families and children who are at home. PacSci depends on financial support from the community. Please consider making a generous contribution.

 

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
Sound
Shapes and Measurement
Chemistry and Combustion
Animal Care at PacSci and Adaptations
Food Science
Hygiene and Anatomy
Brains and DNA
States of Matter Part 1
  • 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
  • Learn about fluid dynamics by making a lava lamp
  • Wonder what makes popcorn pop? Get a taste of edible physics while learning about states of matter in Pressure Inside
Butterflies and Insect Lives
  • Have you ever see the moment that butterflies emerge from a chrysalis? Watch this insider’s glimpse
  • Be a scientist and observe a nearby ecosystem like a park or backyard and record your observations in Ecosystem Surveys
  • 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
States of Matter Part 2
The Respiratory System

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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.

View the full video playlist

 

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

 

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

Make a Lava Lamp

Learn about fluid dynamics by making a lava lamp

Rock Candy

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

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

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

Make a Spirograph 

Create mathematical art with a homemade Spirograph

IMAX 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

 

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
View additional educational resources

 

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

 

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
View additional educational videos

 

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

 

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.

Grades K-2 At Home Activities

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

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

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

Download the English version

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

Rock Candy

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

Trick Your Taste Buds

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

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

Make Your Own Thermometer

Learn about temperature and make your own thermometer

Don’t Bug Me

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

Human Brain Demonstration

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

Mock DNA Profile

Make a mock DNA profile then compare profiles

DNA Extraction

Use common kitchen items to extract DNA from fruits and veggies

Reaction Time

Learn about reflexes and measure your reaction time

More Than Meets the Eye

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

Butterflies Emerging

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

Ecosystem Surveys

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

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

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

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Blow My House Down, Toothpick Towers, Treasure Collector

Download the English version

 

 

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

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

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

Download the English version

 

 

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

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

Mathfinder: Candy Math, Fruit Salad Symmetry

Download the English version

Make a Mobius Strip

Make a Mobius Strip with this video, or download instructions

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

Fair and Square

Complete the Fair and Square activity to learn about spatial awareness

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

Download the English version
Download the Spanish version

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

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

Aiming and Catching Sound Waves

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

Shrinking Air

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

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

Grades 3-5 At Home Activities

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

Download the English version

Fog in a Jar

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

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

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

Rock Candy

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

Trick Your Taste Buds

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

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

Make Your Own Thermometer

Learn about temperature and make your own thermometer

Don’t Bug Me

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

Human Brain Demonstration

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

Mock DNA Profile

Make a mock DNA profile then compare profiles

DNA Extraction

Use common kitchen items to extract DNA from fruits and veggies

Reaction Time

Learn about reflexes and measure your reaction time

More Than Meets the Eye

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

Butterflies Emerging

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

Ecosystem Surveys

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

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

PacSci Now: The Respiratory System

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

Make a Model Lung

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

3-5 Chemistry
Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat and learn which materials make the best insulators

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

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

 

 

3-5 Geology
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

 

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

Make a Mobius Strip

Make a Mobius Strip with this video, or download instructions

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

Fair and Square

Complete the Fair and Square activity to learn about spatial awareness

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

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

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

Aiming and Catching Sound Waves

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

Shrinking Air

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

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

Grades 6-8 At Home Activities

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

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

Rock Candy

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

Trick Your Taste Buds

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

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

Make Your Own Thermometer

Learn about temperature and make your own thermometer

Don’t Bug Me

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

Human Brain Demonstration

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

Mock DNA Profile

Make a mock DNA profile then compare profiles

DNA Extraction

Use common kitchen items to extract DNA from fruits and veggies

Reaction Time

Learn about reflexes and measure your reaction time

More Than Meets the Eye

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

Butterflies Emerging

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

Ecosystem Surveys

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

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

PacSci Now: The Respiratory System

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

Make a Model Lung

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

6-8 Chemistry
Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat and learn which materials make the best insulators

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

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

6-8 Geolog
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

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

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

Fair and Square

Complete the Fair and Square activity to learn about spatial awareness

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

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

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

Aiming and Catching Sound Waves

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

Shrinking Air

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

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

 

 

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