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Science Snackbook Classroom Activities

Science Snackbook Classroom Activities

From the Exploratorium’s famed Teacher Institute comes a unique, hands-on activity book that provides instructions for creating junior versions, or “snacks,” of many of the museum’s amazing exhibits. Designed by science teachers, these snacks can be used as classroom demonstrations, labs, science projects, or just for fun. All of the projects are easy to build with common materials.

This new edition includes updated activities plus several new snacks, illustrations, references, tips from teachers, and correlations to national science standards.

Using The Exploratorium Science Snackbook as your guide, you can construct an anti-gravity mirror, create electrical “fleas,” duck into a kaleidoscope, or build a bicycle wheel gyro. Discover how to create exhibits that explore the mysteries of energy and matter, light and color, force and motion, vision and perception, sound and hearing.


Sample Activities

Here are a few sample activities from The Exploratorium Science Snackbook.

Water-Bottle Membranophone
Make an instrument much like a saxophone but made of a water bottle and a paper tube.
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Colored Shadows
See how many colors you can make with only red, green, and blue bulbs.
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Bird in the Cage
Getting used to looking at one color can lead you to perceive an entirely different color.
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Center of Gravity
Find the center of gravity of almost any object just by using your fingers.
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Charge and Carry
Get a shock from a pie pan and some socks.
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Hand Battery
Make a battery with plates made of two different metals and your own two hands.
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Descartes' Diver
Make an object sink or float with a simple squeeze.
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