Imagine for a minute that you are walking through a field of flowers. Imagine all of the different colors, shapes, and smells. Now think about why different flowers have different colors. Why do they have different shapes? Why do they small different?

Orange Slices

This is a cool science trick that will let you know the number of sections in an orange (or other citrus fruit) before you slice it. It makes a fun trick that seems like magic, but is actually just a matter of careful observation.

Seed Search

When an animal reproduces, its offspring eventually wander away to find their own home. With a plant, once it starts to grow, it is usually stuck in that spot. That makes it important for plants to have ways to spread their seeds over a large area. In this video, we will explore some of the different ways plants accomplish this.

Building a Nest

This experiment is one that we used for teaching about birds back when I worked in the Education Department at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. On our trip, we went by to say Hi to old friends, which brought back tons of great memories. This is one of the fun things my brain dredged up.

Bread Bubbles

This experiment is about bread. If you have used my website for long, you know that I like experiments with food, especially when it is tasty food. We regularly bake bread, and there are few smells that are better than the smell of freshly baked bread.

Bean Power

This experiment comes from tonight's supper. I have been craving a big pot of Great Northern Beans; so last night I put some into a pot of water to soak overnight. The results reminded me of a fun science experiment I had done before.

Yeast and Sugar, part 1

This time, we will conduct an experiment to measure cellular respiration of yeast when it is fed different sugars. While we tend to think of sucrose (table sugar) when we hear the word sugar, there are actually many different chemicals that fall into that category. As we will see, different sugars have different properties.