Science@Noon

Science@Noon

Choice of experiments for grades 1 to 3

CC = Curriculum Connections

As time goes by (CC 1)

Measuring time with water, sand or by observing a shadow? Yes, it is possible! Together, we will build instruments to measure time like people did thousands of years ago!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 2 small empty dry plastic bottles with covers and 2 large (2 L) empty plastic bottle

Explorum extracurricular in French - Hourglass

Bath Bomb (CC 1, 2, 5)

Chemical reactions can be visual, calorific, auditory or even explosive. So what does that mean? It means that we are going to create a FIZZ: we are going to make bath bombs!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

bathBomb

Chromatography (CC 4)

Creating colours from a simple black dot? It’s not magic; it’s chromatography! This is what we will do in this remarkable experiment.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: small empty plastic bottle

chromatographie

Crystal Star (CC 4)

Can art and science co-exist? Can we create attractive crystals of different shapes? Of course! This is what we will do in this artistic and decorative experiment.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 500ml container with cover

Etoile boraxZoom

Fake Fossils (CC 4)

Fossils are the expression of the past, but nature takes thousands of years to make a fossil. In this experiment, we will speed up time and make fossils in a few minutes – fake ones of course! But we will understand how some of the real ones were formed.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 250+ml container with cover

fossil

Gooey slime (CC 1, 2, 5)

Who doesn’t like playing with a viscous, slimy, sticky but fun substance? Let’s make slime together! Green, blue, yellow, red or even sparkly!

Room specifications: hot water

What students need to bring: N/A

Slime

Hot or cold? (CC 1, 2, 5)

No fridge, no oven… no problem! Let’s design our own device to conserve temperature. We will test materials for their insulating properties to create our own “Thermos.”

Room specifications: running water; heating element/microwave

What students need to bring: N/A

hot_cold

Invisible Ink

Who would write an invisible message? Spies, magicians, lovers or friends exchanging secrets? Whatever our motive, we will make invisible ink, write a message and of course, discover the formula to reveal it.

Room specifications: running water; electricity

What students need to bring: N/A

Paper with the word Secret written on it

Lava Lamp (CC 5)

We all have been mesmerised by bubbles that slowly go up and down in a coloured solution. They look even better when they are OUR colourful bubbles! Let’s make chemical lava lamps that we can admire tirelessly.

Room specifications: eau courante

What students need to bring: small transparent empty plastic bottle with cover

LavaLamp

Let’s make paper (CC 5)

Instead of throwing our used paper and newspaper, we will recycle them – not by putting them in the recycling bin, but by giving them a new life: Let’s make paper and decorate it to our liking!

Room specifications: hot water

What students need to bring: N/A

paper

Levers and weights (CC 3)

How do you carry heavy weights without heavy machinery? Why did Archimedes say “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world?” We will explain this world-old year old phenomena in an uplifting experiment.

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: N/A

Lever

Liquid Rainbow (CC 2)

If we mix primary colours, we obtain secondary colours. But, can colours mix on their own by “climbing” on paper? That’s what we will explore in this enchanted and colourful experiment!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

rainbow liquid

Magnets (CC 3, 4)

What is a magnet? What are its properties? What is a compass? Can we magnetise and demagnetise a metal at will? That’s what we will explore in this attractive experiment.

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: N/A

single magnet

Milk or plastic? (CC 1, 2, 5)

Make plastic out of milk? Thanks to magic!? no, thanks to science, we will transform milk molecules to make plastic. We will then compare our environmentally friendly plastic to industrial plastic.

Room specifications: heating element/microwave

What students need to bring: 100 ml container with cover

plastic-dice

Multicolour Cocktail (CC 2)

Everyone knows that water and oil don’t mix, but “float” on each other. Why? Because of their density, of course! Let’s explore this phenomenon by creating a multi-coloured cocktail with liquids of differing densities.

Room specifications: eau courante

What students need to bring: small transparent empty plastic bottle with cover

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Multicolour Cocktail

My pretty rainbow (CC 4)

Decompose light to create an indoor rainbow? Recombine colours by mixing the colours of the rainbow? It is possible: with Science! Let’s do it in two simple experiments.

Room specifications: sunny window

What students need to bring: N/A

rainbow

Passing Current (CC 6)

I turn on the light, warm my snack, watch TV… Without electricity, all this would not be possible! But, how does electricity circulate? How do you “cut” the current? An electrifying experiment will help us solve these mysteries.

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: N/A

CirElectrique

Solar Eclipse (CC6)

The sun disappears and reappears right in front of our eyes in the simulation of a rare but fascinating event: the solar eclipse! Let’s create our own miniature eclipse in this enlightening experiment.

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: N/A

eclipse

This is chemistry (CC 1, 2, 5)

Mixing specific substances can produce heat, colour, bubbles or other interesting “things.” This is what chemistry is all about! Let’s do a few experiments together to illustrate some of these outcomes (and have fun)!

Room specifications: eau courante

What students need to bring: small empty plastic bottle

chemistry bottles with different colour liquid inside over a white background

Choice of experiments for grades 4 to 6

CC = Curriculum Connections

As time goes by (CC 1)

Measuring time with water, sand or by observing a shadow? Yes, it is possible! Together, we will build instruments to measure time like people did thousands of years ago!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 2 small empty dry plastic bottles with covers and 2 large (2 L) empty plastic bottle

Explorum extracurricular in French - Hourglass

Catapult (CC 2, 4)

We all know that catapults were powerful and destructive medieval weapons based on a basic physics principle. Let’s recreate a simple catapult capable of throwing canon balls; no… paper balls!

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: N/A

catapult

Chromatography (CC 4)

Creating colours from a simple black dot? It’s not magic, it’s chromatography! This is what we will do in this remarkable experiment.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

chromatographie

Crystal Star (CC 4)

Can art and science go co-exist? Can we create attractivecrystals of different shapes? Of course! This is what we will do in this artistic and decorative experiment.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 500ml container with cover

Etoile boraxZoom

DNA extraction

Did you notice her green eyes? Why are the descendants of Queen Victoria often haemophiliac? Who committed the crime? DNA will give us all the answers! Together, we will extract the DNA of today’s accused: a banana!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

YeuxVerts

Electric circuits (CC 6)

I turn on the light, ring the doorbell, reheat my meal… without electricity, it would not be possible. But how does electricity flow? How do you change its intensity? How do you cut the current? An electrifying experiment will help us solve these mysteries.

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: N/A

CirElectrique

Fake Fossils (CC 4)

Fossils are the expression of the past, but nature takes thousands of years to make a fossil. In this experiment, we will speed up time and make fossils in a few minutes – fake ones of course! But we will understand how some of the real ones were formed.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 250 ml container with cover

fossil

Filtration (CC 7)

Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water, but less than 3% of it is drinkable. Filtering water allows us to use more of it. Let’s filter muddy waters to simulate natural and industrial filtration processes.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: 2 1L empty plastic bottles

Filtration2

Multicolour Cocktail (CC 2)

Certain liquids float on others and others mix and become one. Why? Because of their miscibility and density, of course! Let’s explore this phenomenon by creating a multi-coloured cocktail with liquids of differing densities.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: small transparent empty plastic bottle with cover

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Multicolour Cocktail

My car (CC 4, 5, 6)

A car is very common, but a car we built ourselves? That’s more unique! An engine, four wheels, our engineering talent, and voila, we have a car!

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: N/A

Explorum - Extracurricular in French - Electric Car

My lungs (CC 5)

Inhale, exhale ... why do people’s breathing differ? What happens during breathing? How do the lungs work? Two simple experiments answer these and other questions.

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: small empty plastic bottle + 2 L empty plastic bottle

Lungs Green Leaf Background

Our hydroelectric station (CC 6)

Can we produce electricity by using water? YES! It is the principle of hydroelectric stations, one of the main sources of power in Canada. Let’s build our mini hydroelectric station in this electrifying experiment!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: N/A

hydroelectronic

Our solar system (CC 3, 6)

Aren’t our planets pretty orbiting around our brilliant sun? Let’s build a model of our solar system and decorate it to our liking.

Room specifications: N/A

What students need to bring: thick coloured felt pens

solar_system

Poly-polymers (CC 1, 2, 5)

Who doesn’t like playing with viscous, gooey, sticky and mysterious substances? In this chemistry experiment, we will produce strange polymers: sticky slime and a magic bouncing ball.

Room specifications: hot running water

What students need to bring: container with cover

balls

This is chemistry (CC 1, 2, 5)

Chemistry sometimes produces strange reactions: heat, colour change, creation of new substances and of course… explosions! Here are a few experiments we’ll do together to demonstrate (and have fun)!

Room specifications: running water

What students need to bring: small empty plastic bottle

chemistry bottles with different colour liquid inside over a white background

Wind in my wing (CC 6)

Fly? A few decades ago, it was not possible, unless you were a bird! But, thanks to all the researchers who shared their experience and knowledge, it is now a common thing! Let’s test one of the essential components of flight: the shape of the wing.

Room specifications: electricity

What students need to bring: N/A

Pigeon Wings Headless Bird Flying