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Fireworks in a Jar

3 easy steps you’ve got to try!

Fireworks in a Jar is one of our favourite demonstrations and is so easy to do.

The colours explode into the water and create a tumbling rainbow which is mesmerising to watch, the colourful columns change shape as they gracefully fall, and new colours are formed as the original ones mix together.

This activity is not just pretty to look at, it creates an opportunity for talking and teaching about some of the science behind the colourful display.

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Rainbow Paper

Rainbow Paper

Rainbow Paper is so easy and cheap to make and you are blending a cool bit of science with art too! There are so many things you can make with your Rainbow Paper once it has dried, so this science activity nicely leads onto various craft activities.

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Bead on a String Puzzle: the solution!

Here is the solution to the Bead (or nut!) on a String puzzle. If you came to the busy Magic Mayhem Saturday Science Club workshop, you may have made one of these. In this puzzle you challenge your friends and family to move the nut from one loop to the other. It’s very tricky and if you have forgotten how to do it, I’ve made this little video of the solution below. Good luck!

 

 

Giant Bubbles

You too can make Giant Bubbles! Once you’ve bought in a few bits of kit and some ingredients, there’ll be no stopping you! Both kids & adults love Giant Bubbles, they are awesome. Not only are these bubbles huge, but they float gracefully and the rainbow effect within them is stunning. So beautiful.

First you’ll need to make some bubble wands, then make the bubble juice. Read on to find out how!

Giant Bubbles with beautifulrRainbows

Beautiful Rainbow

Giant Bubbles with beautiful rainbows

Beautiful Rainbow

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The best slime ever!

We’ve just made the best slime ever…..and it smells amazing!

This slime is so easy to make!

Here at Sciencedipity we help kids make a lot of slime. Whether it be at a school chemistry workshop, a fun community event or a birthday party, we have literally made 100s of pots of slime with kids.

We experiment a fair amount with different slime recipes, but this recipe is so fab, it really is our best slime ever. We’re so happy about our new slime that we’ve just got to tell you about it!

This slime is different.
This slime is amazingly soft and light.
This slime is soooo stretchy.
This slime smells devine.
This slime is not sticky.
This slime smells amazing.
This slime is sublime!!

The new slime is made using our standard recipe but with hair mousse added, which make it so soft and makes it smell great!

Its so easy to make (as our video shows) and here’s how we did it together with tips on the best glue and things you need to know about borax.

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Kayleigh

North Devon pupil Kayleigh is Young Scientist of the Month because she loves practical science, and attends almost every Saturday Science Club session. Kayleigh admits she finds it hard to do science experiments at home, so coming to our club enables her to get hands-on with science. At primary level, the amount of science varies from school to school. Kayleigh says about science at her school “you don’t get to do chemistry stuff and I really like chemistry”.

Hands-on science experiments and activities for kids like Kayleigh is what Sciencedipity is all about, whether its workshops for schools, or extracurricular clubs, such as Saturday Science Club, fun practical science is the name of our game.

Let’s meet Kayleigh……

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Sam

“it was insane!”

 

Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters we meet regularly through our outreach work. This month we meet Sam, a regular at our Saturday Science Club in Tiverton, East Devon.

Sam’s enthusiasm to learn is amazing, he clearly enjoys the hands-on approach at Saturday Science Club. Sam is a confident youngster, and is very knowledgable about science in general so at one of our workshops I gave him a challenge! Which he took on without hesitation. I asked if he wouldn’t mind helping me demonstrate something to the group of children. Sam was brilliant at this, so much so that I wasn’t needed at all and became part of the audience for a change! I caught up with Sam after the workshop.

lets meet Sam……

 

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Millie

Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters we meet regularly through our outreach work. Following on from Lois last month, this month we meet Millie, another girl who loves science, and hopefully there’s no stopping her. As mentioned in a previous post, the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects appears during secondary school. Did you know that only 9% of the engineering workforce are female? Shocking, lets move on…..

Millie is a regular at Saturday Science Club and also comes to the Science Activity days that we do in the school holidays. Enjoying a challenge, Millie gets really focussed on the activities that we bring to the workshops. We try to make our activities meaningful to help kids connect science to their own lives. If they can not make the connection, there is a high chance they will drift away from science.  The activities are designed to encourage children to think  scientifically, and develop critical thinking.

At a recent Engineering Science Day, Millie was tasked with making a Rube Goldberg machine and a robot, she took the challenges on with gusto! We caught up with Millie for a chat about robots & science.

OK, so let’s meet Millie……

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Make Fluorescent Glowing Liquid

Make Awesome Glowing Liquid at Home using the Insides of a Yellow Highlighter Pen!

This is so easy to do!

Extracting the fluorescent liquid from a highlighter pen to make glowing liquid is so easy for this amazing and cool science experiment. Yellow highlighter pens work best as they have a good quantity of fluorescein – the fluorescent chemical inside the cartridge.

We had a go at extracting fluorescein at home recently and we were amazed at how bright the fluorescent liquid was. The kids loved it, just pouring it into the containers was really satisfying. We wrote with it and drew pictures too, which looked awesome under UV light! As you can see from the video we made some mess, but it was easy to clean up and left no stains.  Fluorescein from these pens is safe to handle too.

Lets see how we did it and watch the video…..

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Lois

Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters who we meet regularly through our work. This month we meet Lois, one of the many girls how comes to our science and technology workshops, topics which may be viewed as male dominant. We usually see an equal number of girls and boys at our sessions which is not surprising as the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects doesn’t start to appear until the GCSEs and it continues to widen throughout university and into working life.

“In the UK women make up just 14 per cent of individuals working in STEM occupations in the UK.”, Deloitte, 2016.

 

“girls continued to outperform boys in every STEM subject”.

 

Deloitte’s report explores many reasons for this, such as women taking time out to look after families, but also that a gender pay gap still exists. Interestingly the report also finds that “girls continued to outperform boys in every STEM subject” throughout their education. Girl Power!

OK, so let’s meet Lois……

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