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Teaching Science at Home

Check out our collection of fun and easy activities to practice science at home.

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Daily Science Dose
[May 18 - 22]

STEAM SUBJECT: 3D-PRINTING
Grades: 3rd - 6th
Date Posted: FRI/May 22, 2020

Lab: Racing Car (Part 1)
Learning Objective: Students will be able to explore the real applications of 3D printing, identify basic design-criteria about 3D design and 3D printing, and practice techniques and skills used in the field of rapid-prototyping.
Activity [PDF]


STEAM SUBJECT: ECOLOGY
Grades: 2nd - 5th
Date Posted: THU/May 21, 2020

Lab: Blubber Gloves
Learning Objective: Students will demonstrate an animal adaptation that can help you survive in a cold habitat.
Activity [PDF]


STEAM SUBJECT: PHYSICS
Grades: 2nd - 5th
Date Posted: WED/May 20, 2020

Lab: Straw Clarinet
Learning Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate how vibrations create sound and how the pitch of the sound can be manipulated.
Activity [PDF]


STEAM SUBJECT: MARINE SCIENCE/CLIMATE SCIENCE
Grades: 4th - 8th
Date Posted: TUE/May 19, 2020

Lab: Melting Polar Ice Caps
Learning Objective: Students will be able to distinguish the difference between arctic land and sea ice, and model the effect of warming ocean and air temperatures on sea ice and explore the effects on marine life.
Activity [PDF]


STEAM SUBJECT: ENGINEERING
Grades: 4th - 8th
Date Posted: MON/May 18, 2020

Lab: Build Your Own Stethoscope
Learning Objective: Students will build their own stethoscopes and explore bioengineering inventions and careers.
Activity [PDF]

Mathemagician Homework Club

Saturday Mathemagician Homework Club is online! Our wonderful volunteers Sanjana and Vanitha are here to help your students.

If the student is in grades K-12 and need help with any math problems, email info@mathemagiciansclub.com. Include in the email the student's grade and math concepts they are working on (or share an attachment of their homework). Our volunteers will offer help, which includes SAT math help as well. Emails are monitored daily, so there is no need to wait until Saturdays to ask for help.

You can also join the Saturday afternoon Virtual Meeting from 12:00pm - 12:45pm. Log in from Chrome or Firefox (using a Gmail account works best) and click the following link to attend: https://meet.google.com/xsd-fnkh-nqc.

Past Activities

Earth and Space Science
Climate Science Lab: Greenhouse Gases (Grades 4 – 8)
Date Posted: THU/May 14, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to
• identify greenhouse gases and describe their function on Earth’s temperature,
• identify human impacts on Earth and find solutions to reduce our impact, and
• model greenhouse gases and compare and contrast their molecular structures.
Activity [PDF]
Geology Lab: Volcanoes (Grades 2 – 8)
Date Posted: MON/May 4, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to discover how volcanoes are formed, identify the 3 different types of volcanoes, and create a model of a volcano.
Activity [PDF]
Marine Science Lab: Ocean Acidification (Grades 4 – 8)
Date Posted: THU/April 30, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to
• test and observe the effects of acidification in calcium shelled organisms
• explain what ocean acidification is, and
• identify solutions to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Activity [PDF]
Geology Lab: Make Your Own Fossil (Grades 2 – 5)
Date Posted: WED/April 29, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to make a model of a fossil, identify the characteristics of a fossil and how they are formed, and analyze and interpret data about fossils to describe their habitats.
Activity [PDF]
Ecology Lab: Making a Wormery (Grades 2 – 8)
Date Posted: TUE/April 28, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will build a wormery to make observations about the role of decomposers in an ecosystem.
Activity [PDF]
Ocean (Earth) Science Lab: Ocean Currents and Plastic Pollution (Grades 4 – 8)
Date Posted: FRI/April 24, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to explore how the Earth generates currents, model ocean currents created by wind and temperature/salt content, define and identify marine debris and garbage patches, and find solutions to plastic pollution.
Activity [PDF]
Earth (Ocean) Science Lab: Water Pollution (Grades 3 – 8) [Versión en español disponible]

Date Posted: THU/April 23, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to
• identify natural and human-based pollution sources,
• discuss pollution effects on marine and human life,
• model ocean pollution and ocean cleanup, and
• discuss solutions to minimize negative impacts.
Activity [PDF]
Ciencias Terrestres (Ciencias del Océano) Laboratorio: Contaminación del Agua
Grados: 3 – 8
Fecha de Publicación: Jueves 23 de Abril de 2020
Objetivos de Aprendizaje: Los estudiantes podrán
• identificar fuentes naturales y antropogénicas de contaminación,
• discutir los efectos de la contaminación en la vida humana y marina,
• realizar un modelo de contaminación y de limpieza del océano, y
• discutir soluciones para minimizar los impactos negativos de la contaminación.
Actividad [PDF]
Climate Science Lab: The Science of Climate Change (Grades 2 – 6)
Date Posted: TUE/April 21, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to distinguish the difference between weather and climate, define climate change, model greenhouse gases, identify climate change effects on weather and climate patterns, and discuss solutions to reduce human impacts on the environment.
Activity [PDF]
Ecology Lab: Composting at Home (Grades 2 – 5)
Date Posted: MON/April 20, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be to identify what items can be compost and communicate solutions to reduce the impact of humans on Earth.
Activity [PDF]
Earth Science Lab: Puzzle Piece Continents (Grades 4 – 8)
Date Posted: TUE/April 14, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features, such as continents and oceans. They will also examine some evidence that show that continents have moved.
Activity [PDF]
Ecology Lab: Cool Ways to Recycle (Grades 2 – 5)
Date Posted: MON/April 13, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will learn about recycling and the correct way to prepare items for recycling.
Activity [PDF]
Marine Science Lab: Saltwater Density (Grades 2 – 6)
Date Posted: MON/April 6, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to observe differences in salinity and its relation to water density, and discuss how density and salinity changes can affect marine organisms.
Activity [PDF]
Astronomy Lab: Planets in a Bottle (Grades 5 – 8)
Date Posted: TUE/March 24, 2020
Learning Objective: Students learn about environments that make a planet habitable and explore the concept of terraforming Mars.
Activity [PDF]

Engineering, Technology and the Application of Science
Engineering Lab: Popsicle Stick Catapult (Grades 5 – 8)
Date Posted: TUE/May 12, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to define, identify, and demonstrate the projectile motion of an object, as well as build and launch a catapult device.
Activity [PDF]
Engineering Lab: The Best Blueprints (Grades 4 – 8)
Date Posted: FRI/May 8, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to design a blueprint of a building, a section of a building, or an object they want to construct.
Activity [PDF]
Computer Science Lab: Coding – Binary Code (Grades 2 – 8)
Date Posted: MON/April 27, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify the parts of a computer and its function, describe and model how the computer communicates, and represent information using numbers.
Activity [PDF]
Engineering Lab: Waterwheel (Grades 5 – 8)
Date Posted: WED/April 22, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will build a model of a waterwheel to explore the use of renewable energy sources.
Activity [PDF]
Engineering Lab: The Perfect Paper Airplane (Grades 2 – 6)
Date Posted: WED/April 15, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will develop various models of airplane designs and compare their speed and aerodynamic properties.
Activity [PDF]
Engineering Lab: Balloon Powered Cars (Grades 5 – 8)
Date Posted: TUE/April 7, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will learn how to harness air to power their own homemade cars!
Activity [PDF]
Engineering Lab: Solar Lamp (Grades 4 – 8)
Date Posted: TUE/March 31, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will explore the real applications of solar energy. Students will harness the energy of the sun by creating solar lamps.
Activity [PDF]
Engineering Lab: Marshmallow and Toothpick Bridge (Grades 5 – 8)
Date Posted: FRI/March 27, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will practice engineering concepts about bridges construction.
Activity [PDF]

Life Science
Botany Lab: Re-Growing Veggie Scraps (Grades 2 – 8)
Date Posted: MON/May 11, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to re-grow vegetables without planting seeds or using soil, and find solutions to reduce food waste.
Activity [PDF]
Cell Biology Lab: Gelatin Diffusion (Grades 6 – 8)
Date Posted: WED/May 6, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to modify the process of diffusion and identify the function of a semipermeable membrane in a cell.
Activity [PDF]
Ecology Lab: Food Chains (Grades 3 – 5)
Date Posted: TUE/May 5, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify food chains in ecosystems and how each trophic level is linked in the transfer of energy, and develop a model of a food chain and describe how organisms are connected.
Activity [PDF]
Biology Lab: Strawberry DNA Extraction (Grades 4 – 8)
Date Posted: WED/April 8, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will learn where DNA is stored and how to extract it from strawberries.
Activity [PDF]
Ecology Lab: Bird Beaks (Grades 3 – 8)
Date Posted: FRI/April 3, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will learn how different animals have different adaptations and can use more resources in an environment. Students will explore this idea in an activity that demonstrates how birds have varying beak shapes to eat different foods.
Activity [PDF]
Entomology Lab: Pollination: How Do Insects Do It? (Grades 2 – 5)
Date Posted: MON/March 30, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to explain how pollination works and why it is essential to our survival. They will also discover that there are more pollinators than they think.
Activity [PDF]
Botany Lab: Transpiration (Grades 3 – 8)
Date Posted: WED/March 25, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will learn how to use scientific evidence to explain the functions of the different parts of a plant. This activity will focus on the role of the stem in transporting water up through a plant.
Activity [PDF]
Ecology Lab: Germinating Seeds (Grades 2 – 5)
Date Posted: MON/March 23, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will learn the plant life cycle and what it needs to survive. Students will use a simple model to create a greenhouse and grow their own plant.
Activity [PDF]

Physical Science
Photography Lab: Camera Obscura (Grades 6 – 8)
Date Posted: FRI/May 15, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify what a camera obscura is and create their own.
Activity [PDF]
Chemistry Lab: Salt Saturation (Grades 5 – 8)
Date Posted: WED/May 13, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to develop a model to describe solubility, and collect data to provide evidence of saturation.
Activity [PDF]
Photography Lab: Cyanotype Printing (Grades 4 – 8)
Date Posted: THU/May 7, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will practice photography techniques, make observations of their environment (home or outdoor), and produce a cyanotype print.
Activity [PDF]
Physics Lab: Buoyancy (Grades 3 – 8)
Date Posted: FRI/May 1, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will learn about the relationship between mass and volume, called density, and determine when and which objects will sink or float.
Activity [PDF]
Photography Lab: Taking Photographs to Tell a Story (Grades 4 – 8) [Versión en español disponible]

Date Posted: FRI/April 17, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to tell a story using photography to describe an experience or event, and practice different photography techniques with a phone camera.
Activity [PDF]
Fotografía Laboratorio: Tomando fotografías para contar una historia
Grados: 4 – 8
Fecha de Publicación: Viernes 17 de Abril de 2020
Objetivo de Aprendizaje: Los estudiantes podrán contar una historia usando fotografías para describir una experiencia o evento, y practicar diferentes técnicas de fotografía con una camera de teléfono móvil.
Actividad [PDF]
Chemistry Lab: Sugar Solubility (Grades 5 – 8)
Date Posted: THU/April 16, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to explain some chemical properties of water and sugar. Students will also be able to compare the solubility of sucrose in different liquids.
Activity [PDF]
Physics Lab: Creating Sound (Grades 2 – 6)
Date Posted: FRI/April 10, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will learn what sound is and how it is modified. Students will use a simple model to create a musical instrument and experiment with various sounds.
Activity [PDF]
Geology & Chemistry Lab: Growing Crystals (Grades 5 – 8)
Date Posted: THU/April 9, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will develop a model of a crystal and describe what are they made of.
Activity [PDF]
Chemistry Lab: How Small is an Atom? (Grades 5 – 8)
Date Posted: THU/April 2, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to gain understanding of scale and proportion of an atom.
Activity [PDF]
Photography Lab: Light and Shadow (Grades 4 – 8)
Date Posted: WED/April 1, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will photograph a subject or object under different light conditions. Students will describe how light interacts with different subjects or objects at different times of the day.
Activity [PDF]
Chemistry Lab: Ice Cream Chemistry (Grades 2 – 8)
Date Posted: THU/March 26, 2020
Learning Objective: Students will be able to explain the freezing point of water (and make homemade ice cream!). Students will create a solution that will freeze an ice cream mixture.
Activity [PDF]