Safe home science experiments

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Science at Home: One of the experiments challenges children to see how many drops they can put onto a coin

A “Science at Home” STEM education resource aimed at six to 12-year-olds has been launched.

Created by science-based technology company 3M, it comprises a series of short video tutorials of experiments that can be safely carried out at home using everyday household items.

One experiment involves a hairdryer and some table tennis balls to understand the Bernoulli Principal explaining how aeroplanes fly.

Another involves making liquid fireworks with milk and food colouring to understand molecular interactions and why washing up liquid gets dishes clean.

The experiments are performed by 3M scientists from all levels of the organisation, plus some special guests, and are all filmed in their own homes. While a number of the videos come from America, the content is relevant to the UK science curriculums.

Home education: Making liquid fireworks with milk and food colouring

Each tutorial comes with step-by-step instructions on how to prepare and conduct the experiments, addressing any safety considerations. Each video concludes with observations, a summary of learning and some further ideas of how to explore the scientific topics. New video experiments will be added over the coming months.

STEM ambassador and 3M’s brand and visual identity manager, Julie Owen, said: “Through these simple and fun experiments, students can learn about core scientific principles at home or in virtual or real classrooms.”

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