Every kid has a natural curiosity for the way the world works. Science is an exciting and dynamic field that holds the key to solving many of the world’s biggest problems. And Walsh/STCS, as a private Catholic school, has evolved for the 21st century and wholeheartedly embraced STEAM subjects as avenues for better understanding and open-mindedness.
But sometimes it can be hard to correctly engage students with fun and captivating science experiments to get the most of their lessons. While some students are naturally drawn to science, others may struggle to find a connection – especially at younger ages when the “why” behind what makes the world work might not be so obvious or interesting. But with the right experiments, educators and parents alike can spark that interest and develop a love of science in any student.
Here are Some Great Science Experiments to Help Kids Fall in Love with Science
The great thing about these fun and intriguing science experiments is that they can be done in the classroom, at home or in group environments.
1. The Magic of Chromatography
This experiment explores the separation of colored pigments using chromatography. Teenagers can observe the way different pigments are separated as they move through a filter paper or coffee filter.
2. The Disappearing Eggshell
This experiment teaches students about the properties of vinegar and how it reacts with calcium carbonate, which is the main component of eggshells. By soaking an egg in vinegar, students will see the shell dissolve, leaving behind a rubbery membrane.
3. Making a Lava Lamp
This fun experiment explores the principles of density and buoyancy. Students can mix oil, water, and food coloring to create a mesmerizing lava lamp that teaches the science behind the colorful bubbles.
4. The Strength of Bridges
This experiment allows students to build their own bridge using toothpicks and marshmallows. As they build, students will learn about the importance of materials and construction techniques for bridge building.
5. The Power of a Balloon
This experiment teaches students about static electricity and the movement of electrons. By rubbing a balloon on their hair, students can create static electricity and demonstrate how it can be used to pick up small objects like bits of paper.
Let’s Unleash the Inner Scientist: Experiments to Get Kids to Love Science
These are just a few of the many science experiments that can help kids learn to love science. These are appropriate for most age ranges, and are even fun and enlightening in early childhood classrooms. For children at higher grade levels, they can be used to supplement larger experiments nurturing even greater understanding of the natural world. And they can also be used alongside faith-based teachings like ours as a way to better understand ALL of God’s creation.
Each of these experiments is simple and easy to set up, making them perfect for students who are just starting to explore the world of science. By engaging students in hands-on, interactive activities, you can help them see science in a new light and develop a lifelong appreciation for this very practical field that leads to so many promising collegiate and career endeavors.
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