Daily Science Activities during school closures – Week 1 and 2

As well as collating a collection of excellent websites, activities and resources for parents and teachers during the corona virus pandemic on the resources page of my website, I’m also posting a daily science or STEM activity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I’m posting ideas seven days a week, through the easter holiday too, because science fun is for every day 😀.

Here are the posts from weeks one and two all in one place!

Day 1

Follow the rainbows popping up in your local area and find out how rainbows are made at http://sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/rainbows.html… and try and make your own! Can you split white light using a glass a a prism?

http://sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/makearainbow.html…#ScienceFromHome#HaveAGo#DrJoScience#light#prism#refraction#reflection#rainbow


Day 2

Have a go at making a straw kazoo! You can feel the sound vibrations 🎺🎼
(paper straws work too, but maybe use up any old stocks of plastic straws and recycle when you’re done)
www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/straw-oboe

#ScienceFromHome #HaveAGo #DrJoScience #sound #year4


Day 3

Make a density jar-some liquids are less dense (less mass per volume) than others, and will float on top. Try pouring different kitchen cupboard liquids into a tall glass, bottle or jar and see what happens

#ScienceFromHome #HaveAGo #DrJoScience #density


Day4

Make a paper spinner out of paper and paperclips – can you make it Fast or Slow? Big or Small? What can you change?

www.sciencesparks.com/easy-paper-spinners

#ScienceFromHome #HaveAGo #DrJoScience #forces #motion#comparativetest #variable #data #investigation


Day5 

Something a bit more global 🌍 today! 

Today I took part in the Global Science Show on twitter as a presenter.
I was *signing* about chemical reactions in #BSL

Dr Jo Chemical reactions video

In this video (with captions in YouTube) I sign BSL and show the chemical reaction between an acid (vinegar) and an alkali (sodium bicarbonate), producing carbon dioxide gas. Mixing an acid (in liquid form) and an alkali (in solid form), the reaction produces water and a gas – causing the fizzing eruption popular in these pretend bicarb and vinegar’ volcano’ experiments.
I apologise for my poor signing; it’s been a really long time since I learned BSL but I wanted to try to make my video inclusive. I also forgot to use the sign for vinegar 🙈, but at least I can finger spell it! (Just spotted that I signed ‘what’ instead of ‘why’ as well!!)

I hope you’re enjoying some #ScienceFromHome
#SocialDistanceLearning #HomeSchooling #HomeLearning #BeCurious#DrJo #DrJoScience #inclusive #accessible #ScienceForAll#ScienceForEveryone

Why don’t you have a go at some science from home too? 🧪💫🧪💫🧪💫🧪💫


Day6 

Set up an experiment to investigate the growth of microorganisms – use slices of bread to compare clean and dirty hands! Take care with disposal!

https://tinyurl.com/v3bcffn

#ScienceFromHome #HaveAGo #DrJoScience #microorganisms #germs#mould

Image sourced from the experiment details at tinyurl.com/v3bcffn


Day7 

Learn about the golden ratio and make some 3D model polyhedrons from @Qubits_Toy

bit.ly/Polyhedrons

#ScienceFromHome #HaveAGo #DrJoScience #STEM #maths #geometry#makerspace #architecture

Day 8

Find out about where food comes from and how it’s grown. Try looking at https://farmsunday.org/visit-a-farm/science-and-technology or you can ask a farmer a question!

#ScienceFromHome #HaveAGo #DrJoScience #FarmerTime#AskFarmerTom

https://twitter.com/Farmer_Tom_UK/status/1241409814795862016

Day 9

Go outside (whilst keeping a safe distance, and wash your hands👐🧼 ), or peek out of the window, and find signs of spring 🌱🐾🐣🌸www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/…/kids-nature-activities-self-iso…/

#ScienceFromHome #HaveAGo #DrJoScience #SocialDistanceLearning

Day 10

‪Have a go at exploring vibrations, resonance and pitch today by making water flutes. Watch this video and have a go!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LWJ6cuXC7mw‬

#ScienceFromHome #RemoteLearning #HomeSchooling #HomeLearning#BeCurious #DrJo ‬

Day 11

The Great Bug Hunt is Open!
If you can, get outside, get in the garden, peek between the paving slabs and see what you can find.
www.schoolscience.co.uk/bughunt
@RoyEntSoc @insectweek #ScienceFromHome#HomeSchooling2020#RemoteLearning#BeCurious#DrJo#DrJoScience

Day 12

Why not find out about animals? Watch these videos about seals from Dr Jo http://ow.ly/B9CO50z1XXb
http://ow.ly/uHFj50z1XV4 

What else you can find out about animals today?
#ScienceFromHome#HomeSchooling2020#RemoteLearning

Day 13

With the sun shining in much of the UK this weekend, why not head outside to explore shadows! Draw around & measure your own shadow (or toys’) at various points during the day. Watch what happens!
#light #shadows #PrimaryScience #DrJoScience #ScienceFromHome#ScienceInYourGarden

Day 14

Can you build the tallest tower out of Lego? Think carefully about your design, how wide to make it, and where to join the blocks. 
www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20578627 
#ScienceFromHome #HomeSchooling #HomeSchooling2020#HomeLearning #RemoteLearning #BeCurious #DrJo #DrJoScience

Join in with more science fun to come.

twitter.com/DrJoScience instagram.com/DrJoscience facebook.com/DrJoScience

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