Try this!  Science you can do at home

Don't sit on the couch - get up and do some science! You'll find instructions and videos here for science experiments you can try at home with everyday materials.


Glass Jar Terrarium

Bring the outside in by creating a micro garden and a self-contained water cycle!

Ages: All
Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Duration: 1 hour

  • Glass Jar
  • Empty Containers
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Tweezers



Density Tower

What keeps the sky up and the sea at sea-level? Density! Watch us create a model you can do at home to illustrate why some things float and others sink.

Ages: Children and Family
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Duration: 30 minutes

  • Water
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Dish Soap
  • Veggie Oil
  • Tall Clear Glass
  • 6 small glasses
  • food dye
  • turkey baster
  • measuring cup
  • rubbing alcohol



Make Your Own Compass

Use household items to generate a magnetic field and see how it interacts with Earth’s nearest magnetic pole!

Ages: All
Grades: K-2, 3-5
Duration: 10 minutes

  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Sewing needle
  • Magnet
  • Leaf (or piece of cork)

Transmissions: Gone Viral

Transmissions: Gone Viral is a digital interactive comic book put together by our partners at the New York Hall of Science. It follows a group of kids who investigate a mysterious virus plaguing animals and humans. The kids learn about how scientists study diseases that come from animals. A great way to help kids grades 4 and up understand more about viruses. Read The Comic 

Ages: Youth
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Duration: N/A

  • Virtual Comic Book





Blood Typing

Ever wonder why doctors need to know your blood type? Set up a mystery for young scientists to solve, using milk, food coloring, and vinegar. What is the patient’s blood type and why does it matter?

Ages: Adult
Grades: 9-12
Duration: 30 minutes

  • Cow's Milk
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Permanent Marker
  • Tape
  • 3 small bowls
  • 4 spoons
  • 4 cups





Fruit DNA Extraction

Ages: Adult
Grades: 9-12
Duration: 20 minutes

  • Chilled Rubbing Alcohol
  • Dish Soap
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Strawberries (or other fruit)
  • Ziplock bag
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • 1 Cup
  • 1 small container