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Resources for Science-at-Home: Middle School Level
Not Too Messy
Take an indoor or outdoor quest to learn more about nature. Listen to birds, play bird games, and observe the outdoors.
Cell Coloring Book
Check out this cell image coloring book from ThermoFisher Scientific. Enjoy adding color to nuclei, membranes and more!
Use the elements of art to make sense of space and planetary features - dive into the potential of science and art to inspire and empower each other!
Pilot the SpaceX Dragon 2 vehicle to the International Space Station using this simulator and familiarize yourself with the actual interface used by NASA Astronauts.
Put the "art" in Artemis (NASA's space program to explore the moon) with a guide to draw NASA's Space Launch System rocket.
Energy Scavenger Hunt
Complete this scavenger hunt to discover your own community's energy footprint! Will need to search for answers online.
Lost at the Forever Mine
Explore mathematical modeling that scientists and engineers use to describe data and predict future outcomes!
Visit a favorite museum of yours - virtually. Many are offering online programs and activities for science at home! Here's a virtual tour from a science and nature museum.
Origami, the art of paper folding, has applications in engineering, biological systems and more. Here is an application of origami used by NASA!
Create a rain gauge to track rainfall in your area. Could you make your own devices to determine wind speed/direction and air pressure to complete a daily weather report?
Interactive robot activity from National Geographic to design machines to solve real-world problems.
a little messy
Use chromatography to separate colors in ink samples. Can be done with candy, leaves, and more!
How can you turn food waste into soil perfect for a garden? Keep track of additions and observations made over time!
Cotton Ball Launcher
Keep those toilet paper tubes! Make a cotton ball launcher and learn about different types of energy.
Create DNA model with candy or any other materials you have around. Advanced students are challenged to create a more accurate model!
Make a paper airplane and change the structure to see how it affects the flight of the plane.
Create a rainbow in a glass using Skittles candy and water - simple and so beautiful!
Robot Arm DIY
This activity from the Arizona Science Center models flexor tendons to better understand how your hand flexes and grabs.
Take your favorite cookie recipe and experiment with the ingredients. No eggs? Half the flour? Better understand the importance of each ingredient!
Create a chemical reaction that produces a foamy result. Safety glasses and adult supervision recommended.
Equal parts water, sugar, and instant coffee to create "Fluffy Coffee" - does a kid friendly version exist? Think about what each ingredient does and try to come up with your own recipe!
A clear container, oil, water, food coloring, and bubbling tablets. There - you've got yourself a lava lamp!
Master Mix Cookies
Make a master mix with your favorite cookie dough base! Add your own mix-ins as a variable to demonstrate the benefits of a scientist’s master mix.
Design and build a parachute to successfully land an “egg-stronaut” using the Engineering Design Process from NASA.
With permission, gather a selection of liquids from your house and experiment with which ones clean pennies best.
Rube Goldberg Machine
Can you design a complex contraption to start a chain reaction to perform a simple action? Try a minimum of four steps and complete it inside or outside!
Make this slime without borax or liquid starch. Find a recipe with the most ingredients you already have!