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Tune Booster

Love music, but disappointed with the puny sound you get from smartphone speakers? In this activity, things found around the home will boost the sound those speakers make. It’ll also make you think about how sounds are made and how they can be made louder.Learning outcomes:Investigate how sound vibrations can be...
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Spaghetti Structures

Engineers put pure scientific knowledge into practice – but their jobs often involve practical testing, problem-solving and teamwork too. This activity calls all of these skills into action, to help build a tall, strong tower using spaghetti and marshmallows.Learning outcomes:Investigate the strength of different...
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Rocket Mice

This activity involves shooting a rocket high into the air by rapidly squashing a plastic bottle launcher.It’s a great opportunity to challenge the old saying “What goes up must come down”. You won’t get this rocket into space—but some real rockets do go fast enough to prove the saying wrong.Learning outcomes:...
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Pinball Power

The simple pinball machine in this activity is made from a cardboard box, with ice lolly sticks as the flippers. It provides a great opportunity to explore the science of forces and motion. Game on!Learning outcomes:Investigate simple mechanisms and Newton’s Laws of MotionUse observation, curiosity and creative...
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Periscope

You can’t see around corners… or can you? In this activity, carefully placed mirrors change the path light takes twice, making it possible to look over walls, around corners and even behind you – all without being seen.Learning outcomes:Investigate how light travels in a straight line and can be reflected by a...
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Magnetic Maze

This activity provides a fun way to explore magnetism. It involves the simple task of using a magnet to guide a coin through a maze drawn on the side of a plastic bottle. There are plenty of opportunities to think and talk about how magnetism works, and why magnets only attract certain materials.Learning outcomes:...
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Instant Ice Cream

Ice cream is basically droplets of fat from milk suspended in millions of tiny crystals of ice, fluffed up with tiny pockets of air. This activity shows you how to make the right mixture, then make it cold enough to create those ice crystals without the aid of a freezer. It also reveals how salt and ice make a...
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Graphite Circuits

We rely on electric circuits every day, in our homes, schools and places of work, as well as in our portable gadgets and kitchens. In this activity, a circuit drawn by a pencil conducts electricity to light an LED.You’ll need to get hold of an LED, some wires and crocodile clips – these are all available cheaply...
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Bubble Fun

This activity contains the Science Museum’s secret bubble recipe and ideas about how to create brilliant bubble-blowers. There’s also a lot to find out about the science of mixtures and materials and the properties of water.Learning outcomes:Investigate how mixing water changes the way it behavesUse observation and...
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Great Object Hunt: Out and About

Find something you couldn’t live without; create an interesting shadow…Students can follow their curiosity and work together to complete the challenges while exploring the fascinating world around them.This activity can be used in any setting: try it in the school playground, around the home or on a trip to the shops...
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