Pre-K to Grade 2
Did it all start when an apple bopped Isaac Newton on the head? This activity explores some of the ways his fundamental laws are expressed in our dynamic solar system.
From any place on Earth, a compass will always point north. But do you know why? Explore the inner workings of this tiny magnet by building one—and then testing it in your neighborhood.
Want to take a close look at the layers that make up our solid Earth? Cook up a model that's good enough to eat—from the spice drop inner core to the thin chocolate crust.
No matter where you find mineral salt—on your table or at the beach—you'll see its unique cube-shaped crystals. Take a sweet look at the crystal patterns and compositions of minerals.
Why collect rocks? Because every rock has a story to tell about how Earth, and life on it, has changed over time. Learn how to create a collection that rocks!
It's not just the taste buds in your mouth that let you taste sweet, bitter, salty, sour, and other flavors. Take the Jellybean Test to find out how your nose helps you taste.
In a game like dodge ball, how is it that your brain is able to tell you to raise your arm and block an incoming ball with your elbow? Find out with this simple experiment.
Examine the myths and legends that shape the design motifs of Northwest Coast art. Meet artists depicting mythic beings. And see what it takes to create a 42-foot ceremonial totem pole.
From slow creeping continents to ground-splitting quakes, the Earth is constantly changing. Take a peek at our planet's layers, learn what secrets rocks reveal, and gain a long view of history.
Jade has been used by people around the world for thousands of years—first to make tools, later to create precious works of art. Take a peek into mineralogist George Harlow's scrapbook to see why he thinks this rock is so special.