4-Items-or-Less Activities

Short on supplies? Not to worry — The activities and experiments below can be done with 4 or less items! Try them out today! 

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All Cooped Up Egg Experiment

Meet Eli: Volunteer, All Cooped Up Host, Chicken Eggs-pert
In this episode of All Cooped Up, Eli reinforces our knowledge of osmosis, and tests out his hypothesis on what water, vinegar, and syrup will do to an eggshell!

Materials:
1. Eggs
2. Glass of water
3. Glass of vinegar
4. Glass of corn syrup

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials!

 

Can Stick Figures Dance?

Meet Maria: Engineering Student, 2nd Year, UofA, Super-Swirling Scientist
In the Swirling Stick Figure demonstration, Maria explains how the chemicals in dry erase markers interact with water to bring your drawings to life!

Materials:
1. Dry erase whiteboard markers
2. Glass plate
3. Water

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

Dissolving Egg Experiment

Meet Nicole: Education Student, 3rd Year, UofA, Eggs-ellent Egg Peeler
Can eggshells dissolve? In the Dissolved Eggshell experiment, Nicole teaches you about semi-permeable membranes and how they work, by using a special egg!

Materials:
1. Egg
2. Cup or container
3. Vinegar (enough to cover the egg)
4. Cup of water

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

Floating Rice Bottle 

Meet Joshua!
Would you believe us if we told you that you can lift a bottle of rice without touching the bottle at all? In this video, Joshua shows us the science behind density, and different states of matter. Continue watching to find out how you can do this cool experiment at home!

Materials:
1. Some rice 
2. An empty water bottle
3. A pencil or pen 

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

Food Web Biodiversity

Meet Azizza: 4th Year Chemical Engineering Student, UofA
Join Azizza, and explore how food webs work in today's activity!! Do you know what a producer is? What about a consumer? This video will teach you about what a food web is, then you'll get to do a fun activity! We hope you're consumed with just as much excitement as we are! 

Materials:
- Yarn 
- Scissors 
- Tape
- Pen and pencil 

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

How to Build a Snow Scientist

Meet Emma: Psych-Soc Double Major, 3rd Year, UofA, Builder of Awesome Snowpeople
In this video, Emma from DiscoverE takes you out in the snow and explains the science behind why ice sticks together (H-bonds and a low center of gravity) when you build a snowperson. She also literally builds you the perfect Snow Scientist!

Materials:
1. Snow
2. Warm winter clothes

Ensure you are dressed warmly for building snowpeople outdoors!

 

How to Make Homemade Butter

Meet Rachel: 2nd Year Engineering Student, UofA, A "Cream of the Crop" Instructor!
Today, Rachel will be showing you how to make homemade butter using science! Do you know what is in butter? In today's activity video, we will be showing you the ins and outs of butter creation, and how you can make your own butter from home.

Materials:
1. 1 piece of aluminum foil
2. 2 plastic containers 
3. Room temperature heavy cream 
4. 1 glass of cold water 

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

Leakproof Bag

Meet Hussein: Engineering Student, UofA, DE's Sharpest Pencil!
What are polymers? In this demonstration, Hussein explains what plastic bags are composed of and why they are so flexible. Observe what happens when he pokes a sharp pencil through a bag filled with water!

Materials:
1. Ziploc sandwich bag
2. Water
3. Sharpened pencils
4. Bowl or container

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

Marble Gravitation Experiment

Meet Erin: 2nd Year Science Student, Gravitational Genius
Can marbles float? Do you know how inertia works? In today's science video, Erin will teach us all about gravitation, then will show us a super cool demo!

Materials:
1. A marble
2. A glass

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

Neighbourhood Biodiversity

Meet Noah: 3rd Year Computer Engineering Student, UofA
What's better than enjoying the outdoors? Enjoying the outdoors and learning all about biodiversity at the same time! In today's activity, Noah will lead you through our "Neighbourhood Biodiversity Challenge" so you can learn all about nature around you.

To follow along with this activity, you will need the following materials:
- You can access your Neighbourhood Biodiversity worksheet here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xh8T...
- A pen or pencil 
- Optional: binoculars 

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

Pendulum Catch Experiment 

Meet Jack: Pendulum Scientist, Mechanical Engineering Student, 2nd year, UofA
In the Pendulum Catch Experiment, Jack shows you how to catch a pendulum (spoon) using
another object and explains the science behind why this happens!

Materials:
1. Spoon
2. A String
3. Coffee Mug

We recommend that you get help from an adult with this project and to use soft objects.

 

Pepper and Water Scatter

Meet Erin: 2nd Year Science Student, UofA, Salt and Pepper Professional
Why is soap important? In the Pepper and Water Scatter experiment, Erin uses black pepper and dish soap to illustrate the importance of washing your hands with soap and water and explains how to wash our hands properly. Check out this video in English and in French!

Materials:
1. Bowl
2. Ground black pepper
3. Dish soap
4. Towel

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

Soap Speed Boat

Meet Emma: Psych-Soc Double Major, 3rd Year, UofA, a Speedy Scientist
Can soap power a boat? In the Soap Speed Boat activity, Emma explains how soap breaks down the surface tension of water while teaching us how to make a soap-powered speed boat!

Materials:
1. Cookie sheet or container filled with water
2. Toothpicks
3. Dish soap
4. Foam or non-corrugated cardboard cut into the shape of a house with an upside-down triangle cut into the bottom

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

 

Soda Can Jump

Meet Brett: Engineering Student, 3rd Year, UofA, Air Pressure Expert
Can soda cans jump? In the Soda Can Jump experiment, Brett shows you how differences in air pressure can make a soda can jump from one glass to another!

Materials:
1. Soda can
2. Empty glasses

Please make sure you have permission to use these materials.

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