Process of Science Resources

Process of Science

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The Process of Science

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Cell Phone Science #1: Measuring Potential and Kinetic Energy Cell phones as scientific instruments
Yeast and Sugar, Part 1 An experiment with cellular respiration
Finding Fat in Foods Testing foods to see if they contain fats.
Imagining Geologic Time How can you imagine millions of years?
The Science of Rubberbands Why do rubberbands stretch?
Challenge: Paper, Coin, Cup - Part 2 The answer to the challenge. Did you get it right?
Challenge: Paper, Coin, Cup Challenge: Paper, Coin, Cup
Microscopes - Making a Wet Mount Another way to prepare specimens
Microscopes - Making a Dry Mount The simplest way to look at things with a microscope.
The Slow Race A challenge that combines science, engineering, and creative thinking.
Strange Flame, part 2 The answer to part 1.
Scientific Thought and Creative Thinking, Part 1 A challenge in creative, scientific thinking.
Scientific Thought and Creative Thinking, Part 2 Part two of Creative Thinking
Scientific Thought and Creative Thinking, Part 3 Part three of the Creative Thinking series
Nephoscope Build a simple device for detecting cloud movement.
The Knuckle Trick The answer to the Knuckle Trick challenge
Building a Rain Gauge For such a simple device, rain gauges can tell us incredible things.
A Model of the Water Cycle Make a scientific model of the water cycle.
Science Friction A simple friction challenge that might surprise you.
Calling a Woodpecker A simple technique for attracting woodpeckers.
Science and the Haunted Pumpkin Use simple chemistry to enhance a ghost story for Halloween
Igneous Sugar Make rock candy to explore the difference between magma and lava.
Sunglass Science: Birefringence This time we will explore things that are usually invisible, revealing new things about the world around us.
Water in a Glass, Part 3 The answer to Part 2, and a fun "science trick."
Water in a Glass, Part 2 The answer to part 1, and a new challenge.
Water in a Glass, part 1 What really keeps the water inside this inverted glass?
What is Science? The definition of science is not nearly as simple as you might think.
Laser Projection Microscope Turn a $5 laser pointer into a projection microscope!
Paleo Cookies Combine science and chocolate to learn about paleontology.
Strengthening the Dollar How can you make a dollar bill stronger? With science!
Coins Through a Hole Put a coin through a hole that is smaller than the coin, without tearing the paper!
Measuring Lightning Use the Flash-Bang method to measure how far away the bolt was, and how long it was.
Measuring in Feet Instead of measuring with a ruler, try measuring with your foot.
Bottle Tones, Part 2 The solution to the Bottle Tones video.
Bottle Tones, part 1 How does mass relate to pitch?
Candles in a Jar, Part 2 The answer to the last video's challenge.
Candles in a Jar Which will go out first, the tall candle or the short one?
The Science of Pizza Is the cheese on a pizza really hotter than the crust?
The Right Answer Sometimes the right answer is not the only answer.
Half a Water Balloon Why is half a water balloon different from a full one?
The Compass and Magnetic Fields Use the compass you constructed in Video 149 to explore magnetic fields, from electric wires to your kitchen cabinets.
A Walk in the Park You don't have to go on safari to see some amazing wild life.
Floating Cups Help figure out the science behind this simple trick.
The Leyden Jar Learn to construct a 25,000 volt Leyden Jar from materials found around the house. This dramatic, yet safe, demonstration is a
Observation Careful observation plays a large role in science. How skilled are you at observation?
Mirage What is a mirage, and why do they happen?
Light as Air When we say that something is as light as air, what does that really mean?
Strange Flame, part 1 Can you figure out why the flame moves backwards?
Radioactive What does it mean when we say that something is radioactive?
The Cloud Chamber A cool way to see evidence of subatomic particles.
Illusions Learn some of the science behind optical illusions.
Mobius Space Can an empty space have only one side?
Magic Coin Use science to make a coin seem to magically rise from a matchbox.
A Color You Can't See Use your cell phone to see a color you can't see
A Watched Pot Who would think that there could be so much science in a pot of boiling water?
Koffka Ring Illusion An easy illusion to trick your brain.
Making Craters Make your own craters, and compare them with photos of the real thing.
Changing the Speed of Light Can you really change the speed of light? Of course you can!
The Pool, the Boat, and the Anchor, part 2 The answer to video 111
The Pool, the Boat, and the Anchor Do you really understand why things float and sink?
Two Coins Instant science: An illusion to make two coins look like three.
Osmosis Explore a chemical process that keeps your cells going.
Wax and Wood, part 2 The answer to the challenge. Did you get it right?
Wax and Wood, part 1 We start by putting wood and wax into water, and watching them separate. The challenge is to get them to change places.
The Stroop Effect How well does your brain work with two bits of information at the same time
Taking a Marshmallow Apart Take a marshmallow apart to see what it is made of.
Stale Bread Why does bread go stale so much faster than cake?
Scaring Pepper Learn about surface tension on water while playing a fun trick on your friends.
Why Wet Things Won't Burn What is it about water that keeps things from burning?
The Hottest Part of the Flame? What is the hottest part of a flame? It may not be where you think it is.
Science Fair Panic, part 4 What if things go WRONG?!?!.
Science Fair Panic, part 3 This time we talk about controlling variables.
Science Fair Panic, part 2 This time we talk about research and forming a hypothesis.
Science Fair Panic, part 1 Its time to start thinking about your Science Fair Project, but don't panic. Take a minute and set some goals.
Chromatography Can you tell which pen was used to write a message? Of course you can, if you know the science of chromatography.
Testing for Tannic Acid A fun but smelly test to find tannins in your food.
The Science of Balance Understanding center of gravity and base can make it easier to balance.
Light Speed Chocolate Use chocolate and your microwave oven to measure the speed of light.
Air Space How many cotton balls can you fit into a full glass of water?
Mystery of the Glassy Tube How quickly can you figure it out?
Mystery of the Golden Needles Another Cabinet of Curiosities mystery.
Identifying Minerals Using simple tests such as luster, hardness, and cleavage/fracture, you can identify most common minerals.
Changing Colors, Part 2 A continuation of video 120. This time we will mix two clear liquids to form a white liquid. Then we mix that with the black l
Changing Colors, Part 1 Can you mix two clear liquids to produce a black liquid? Of course you can!
Hunting With an Umbrella What strange creatures would you hunt with an umbrella?
Curves Illusion Which of these curved pieces of paper is longer?
Sorting Salt and Pepper Can you mix salt and pepper and then sort them out again? Of course you can!
Blowing Out a Candle It is amazing how much science is involved in the simple act of blowing out a candle.
The Old Tablecloth Trick Simple science behind a famous science trick.
Written Experiments
Swing Time A simple experiment with time.
Magnification, Focus, and Light Why does magnifying something make it darker and harder to focus?
Food Web Tag A fun game that simulates the basics of food webs.
Egg in a Bottle
Air has Weight
Balloon Pairs
Breathing Hot and Cold
Coffee Rings
Dirty Words of Science
A Watched Pot What can you learn by watching a pot of boiling water? A LOT!
Changing How We Look at Changing Rethinking chemical and physical changes.
Yellowing Paper
The Knuckle Trick A fun science trick to make you think your arm is getting shorter.
Bird Behavior Are you a bird watcher or a bird spotter?
Observations on a Cookie
Scientific Thought and Creative Thinking, Part 1 A challenge in creative thinking.
Scientific Thought and Creative Thinking, Part 3 One solution to controlling the experiment.
Scientific Thought and Creative Thinking, Part 2 A solution to the first creative challenge.
Foliated and Unfoliated Rocks Identifying Metamorphic Rocks
When Does a Theory Become a Law?
Hypotheses, Laws, and Theories
Observe an Expert Scientist
Observation Answers
What Do Scientists Do?
What is Science?
The Process of Science
The Natural World
Repetition and Replication
Gather and Organize
Self Correcting
Sweet Geology
Penny Chemistry, part 1
How Does a Butterfly Fly? Explore the strange way butterflies flap their wings.
Whistle Stick, part 2
Three Holes, part 2
Three Holes
Fault Blocks
Cat Lapping
Nine Folds
Simple Cloud in a Bottle
Strange Starch
Listening to Lightning
A Real Tuning Fork
Bouncing Remotes
Dirty Television
Colors and Heat
Drawing Life Sized Dinosaurs
AM/FM Radio Waves
Is Gravity a Theory or a Law?
Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Smell-less stainless
Street Lights
Seeing UFOs?
Half Full or Half Empty
Jurassic Vibrations
Ice Race
Scale Model of the Solar System
Paper Glasses
Ice Cream Spoons
Big Numbers
Science and Friction
Bernoulli in the Shower
What's the Password
Measuring Lightning
Density Column
Edible Candle
Cold Tomatoes
Space Shuttle Tragedy
Melting Icebergs
Static Cling?
Sail Fans
Sorting Salt and Pepper, How Many Ways?
How Much Rain?
Square in the Grass
Insect Hunting
How Far is That Planet?
Homemade Fossil Dig
Fish in a Bucket
Sound Traveling
Newton's Laws
Rubber Magnets
Stirring Sand
Stirring Sand, part 2
Science Photos
Who Evolved on First?Who Evolved on First?
Science Photo of the Day #944If I roll the ball around the paper plate in the direction of the arrow, which path will it take? A, B, or C?
Fact checking GMOsFact checking GMOs
Science Photo of the Day #940Imagine that you have two steel bars that look alike. One is a magnet and the other is not. Without using anything else (No pa
I Saw It on the Internet, part fourOne of the very best ways to fact check an article is to read the original scientific study.
Science Photo of the Day #926Running horses played an important role in the development of a very common, modern technology. What is it?
I Saw It on the Internet, part oneI saw it on the internet, so it must be true!
Science Photo of the Day #920If cold water sinks, why does the ice form at the top?
Science Photo of the Day #919I weighted this bowl of water. If I stick my hand in the water, and weigh it again, will it weigh more? If so, how much more.
Science Photo of the Day #911Corn and other genetically modified organisms, often called GMOs, have been in the news recently. Why do diabetics like GMOs?
Science Photo of the Day #813In recent years, people started throwing bird seed at weddings instead of rice. Why?
Looking at Changes
A Class Science Project
Is Your Project Scientifically Testable?
Thoughts on a Science Fair Project, part 2
Science Photo of the Day #785This bird has been the subject of a tremendous amount of research studying bird songs. Why?
Science Photo of the Day #754Could you accurately measure the mass of an object in free fall, where its weight did not register at all? If so, how?
When Does a Theory Become a Law?How much proof does it take for a theory to graduate to being a law?
Science Photo of the Day #739Which of the following observations is scientifically testable?
Science Photo of the Day #507I met this scientist today at Paynes Prairie State Park. What is she doing?