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Science Experiments(13 Posts)
Does any one have science experiment suggestions for 10-12 year olds? Am looking for some ideas that don't require a lot of set up but are fun. Also, suitable to do on Zoom.
for the stuff u can`t do at home ds online school uses you tube videos. Theres lots of educational you tube videos showing them and teaching the whys etc. eg magnets, fats, lipids......just vet before you show to kids
Boil up some red cabbage, you can tear it up and grind with a pestle and mortar before hand if you have one, use the water to test the pH of house hold chemicals, there will be a colour change depending on how acidic or alkaline they are.
Roll a car down a ramp, time it. See how speed changes with the height of the ramp.
Could calculate speed. Speed =distance/time and draw a graph.
Test which biscuits are the best for dunking. Dunk the biscuit, time how long it takes to break
Test your directional hearing, and why we have two ears. (Two children can do this together.) One child is blindfolded so they can't see. The other moves to another place in the room or garden, and claps. Can the blindfolded child point at where they are? Do this from lots of different places. Then get them to try while covering one ear, to show that we need both ears to hear where sounds are coming from.
You can extend this into an exercise about compass bearings. Write out the compass bearings on small pieces of paper:
000 is north
045 is north-east
090 is east
135 is south-east
180 is south
225 is south-west
270 is west
315 is north-west
Sit a child in a chair, put these bearings on the floor around them, with north in front of them. Get the child to say them out loud, before you blindfold them. Stand on one of the bearings, and ask "what's my bearing?". Instead of pointing, they have to say the bearing of where they think you are.
For younger children, you could make it into a clock instead: I'm at two o' clock, etc.
The Association for Science Education has created a resource directory of resources from them and other organisations that may be useful to parents during the pandemic. It can be found here: www.ase.org.uk/ase-coronavirus-hub
Have a look at the TES resources pages, there's a simple one here for making salt crystals www.tes.com/teaching-resource/make-salt-crystals-activity-11204257
I second the red cabbage indicator, it always goes down well with the year 7s at school
Thanks @barefootcook for starting the thread and to everyone who has contributed. Was feeling a bit lost with this part of the curriculum with the dc
British Science Week should have some ideas that you might be able to easily try at home. You might be able to find previous year's activity packs on their website too, but here is this year's:
Also look here:
Thanks all for the feedback. Has anyone had any success? I am still trying to find something spectacular! Now we are doing it on Zoom at the same time so can't have a 24 wait until we see the result.
Maybe something here - I haven't done them yet but they sound fun!
And the rest (from an Amazon bought kids science kit but you certainly don't need the equipment).
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