5-Items-or-More Activities

The following at-home activities need 5 or more materials. Most of these materials can already be found at your home. Challenge yourself with a nature inspired free design, or make your very own lava lamp! Please make sure you have permission to use any materials, and follow our safety considerations.

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Birds and Beaks Challenge

Meet Noah: Computer Engineering Student, UofA, 3rd Year
Today, Noah is going to teach us all about adaptations and natural selection in our "Birds and Beaks" challenge!

- 3 different types of utensils 
- A basket or container
- A variety of objects in different shapes to mimic food (rocks, lego, paper, etc.)
- A timer 
- A piece of paper and a pencil 

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.


Chemistry Cake

Meet Anahat: Sciences student, UofA, A captivating Cake Chemist
In today's video, we're going to teach you all about the science behind mug cakes! Have you ever wondered why you put certain ingredients in cake? Why is flour important? What about baking powder? Find out in this scrumptious video!

1. Butter
2. Flour
3. Egg
4. White sugar
5. Milk
6. Vanilla extract
7. Baking powder
8. Fork
9. Mug 
10. Oven mitts
11. A microwave

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.


Chlorophyll Chromatography

Meet Nicole: 3rd Year Education Student, UofA
What are leaves made of? In today's video, Nicole explains the process of chromatography, and shows us an experiment using mixed greens and isopropyl alcohol.

1. Mixed greens 
2. 75% Isopropyl alcohol 
3. Pencil or pens 
4. Clear drinking glasses 
5. A coffee filter (cut into long strips) 

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.


How to make Dalgona Coffee

Meet Hadeel: 3rd Year Physiology Student, UofA, Distinguished Dalgona Coffee Expert
You may have seen Dalgona Coffee on social media before, but do you know how it works?In today's video, Hadeel is going to show you have to make this viral whipped coffee, and will teach you all about the science behind it!

1. Instant coffee
2. Sugar
3. Hot water
4. Milk
5. A glass
6. A spoon
7. Ice (optional)

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.


DIY Lava Lamp

Meet Nicole: 3rd Year Education Student, UofA, Lava Lamp Extrodinaire
Make your own lava lamp! In today’s video, Nicole will walk us through making our own lava lamp using a reaction with Alka-Seltzer tablets!

1. Water
2. Vegetable oil
3. Alka-Seltzer tablet
4. Food coloring
5. Glass

You can wear gloves to protect your hands from the colour!


Milk Explosion Experiment

Meet Nicole: Education Student, 3rd Year, UofA, Milk Explosion Specialist
This week, Nicole uses dish soap to "explode" the fat in milk using everyday household items (and food coloring!) and explains the science behind it. This experiment is one of the most interesting ways of studying fat or lipid behaviour around the chemicals in soap - which makes it so effective in defeating viruses and germs on our hands!

1. Tupperware
2. Dish soap
3. Milk (2%)
4. Food color
5. Toothpicks
6. Vinegar
7. Baking soda
8. Garbage bags (to protect table from spills)
9. Gloves (to protect hands from colors)

We recommend you wear gloves to protect your hands from colours!


Nature Inspired Free Design

Meet Noah: 3rd Year Computer Engineering Student, UofA
Did you know that engineers use nature to help them design different objects? In today's activity, Noah will teach you about different objects designed by nature and animals, then lead you through our "Nature Inspired Free Design" challenge!

To follow along with this activity, you will need any free design materials. This includes (but is not limited to) cardboard, glue, string, popsicle sticks and much more!

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.


Salt Dough Biomes

Meet Jenny: 4th Year Engineering Student, UofA
In today's activity, you'll get to create your very own biome! Watch this video to learn all about Canada's different biomes, and the animals that live in them.

- 1 big bowl 
- A piece of cardboard 
- Paint, and a brush 
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of warm water 

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.


Walking Water Experiment

Meet Maria: Engineering Student, 2nd Year, UofA, Experienced Water Walker
In the Walking Water Experiment, Maria explains the science behind how water travels from one place to another through absorbent materials. This colourful and exciting experiment teaches you how plants absorb water. Learn more about how water can "walk" by capillary action!

1. Water
2. Paper towel
3. Food colouring
4. Transparent cups (glass/ plastic)
5. Elastic band or marker

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

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