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Science at Home Experiments

Fun and educational science experiments designed for students ages 6-12.

  • These simple, at-home experiments conducted by 3M scientists use common household items and are designed to reinforce core scientific principles. School systems, educators, parents, and caregivers are encouraged to use this educational content in virtual classrooms and at home.

    3M will post new experiments, featuring 3M scientists and some special guests along the way. Be sure to check back weekly for new content to try at home.

Watch science experiments and learn how to include them in your distance learning curriculum.

  • Everyone loves bubbles, but have you ever thought about how they form? In this video, special guest, Kate the Chemist, shows you the science behind bubbles. With just a few simple materials, you’ll learn how to make a bright and colorful bubble snake using your breath, soap, water and a plastic water bottle.

  • Which is stronger, paper or aluminum foil? Make a bridge at home with Angela and Tina Kalopisis and learn about the properties of different materials.

  • Think it’s impossible to move water from one glass to another without pouring it yourself? Think again! Watch as Ritu Sengupta explains how capillary action can move water from one place to another using paper towels.

  • Join Camille Schrier, a scientist who was crowned Miss America 2020, as she shows you how to make a chemical reaction so big it’s fit for elephants!

  • Don’t have any instruments at home? Don’t worry! You can make music with wine glasses. Learn more with Laura Greenwell.

  • From seagulls bobbing up and down to surfers riding into shore, you’ve probably seen many different types of waves at the beach. But what drives them, and how do they move? Join Jeff Emslander to find out.

  • Ever wonder why people’s voices sound different? Or why each string on a guitar has a distinct sound? Follow along as Michael Bonner shows you how to make your own at home guitar and see for yourself!

  • Have you ever wondered how plants “drink” water from soil? Liza Plotnikov answers that question by exploring osmosis.

  • What can a rubber band and a cotton ball teach you about potential and kinetic energy? Join Michael Lewandowski to make your own cotton-ball launcher and find out!

  • You don’t need a science lab to test pH levels! Join 3M Senior Research Specialist Dr. Kris Thunhorst as she uses a cabbage to test the pH levels of things found around her kitchen.

  • How do our lungs work? Follow along as special guest Dakota Dozier, an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings, makes a model to show how air flows in and out of the lungs with ease.

  • Join 3M Researcher Vasav Shani as he introduces you to the science of surface tension. Not only is it only important  for many engineering and earth science processes, it also makes blowing bubbles possible.

  • Did you know your red marker has more than just red ink inside of it? 3M’s SVP for Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer, John Banovetz shows a simple way to separate the materials in your marker using capillary action.

  • Believe it or not, you can feel sound! Join Gitanjali Rao, former Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner, as she teaches about the frequency of sound and how we perceive pitch.

  • A jetliner can weigh over 300 tons, so why doesn’t it just drop out of the air? 3M’s SVP of Corporate Affairs, Denise Rutherford explains the Bernoulli principle and how without it, planes (and birds) couldn’t fly.

  • Ever wonder why things mix (or don’t mix) differently in different temperatures of water? Join Camille Schrier, a scientist who was crowned Miss America 2020, as she explains diffusion and how substances move though water.

  • Follow along with 3M’s Sam Reiss, as he shows you that magnetism is more than just a simple push and pull – it’s an example of the power of the earth itself.

  • Join 3M scientist Jeff Payne as he uses nothing more than milk, dish soap, and a few other kitchen supplies to get the amazing effects of fireworks without using any fire at all.

  • How many water droplets do you think you can fit on a penny? Hint: it is more than you might think! Join 3M scientist Audrey Sherman to find out.

  • Your teacher might not love when you have one in class, but the physics behind fidget spinners are truly head-spinning! Join 3M scientist Tesha R.-Alston Dampier as she shows you how a spinning motion changes the way things move.

  • Follow along with 3M’s Chief Science Advocate, Jayshree Seth, as she teaches students how chemistry can help put some air where it’s most needed!

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