We have over 350 fun, hands-on activities to share with you. During Science World's Green Month we highlight activities that explore sustainability and the environment:
- Make paper out of one or two-sided used paper.
- Explore the role of worms and make a portable worm farm/miniature composter
- Explore how much heat comes from the sun when you bake s'mores in a solar oven
- Invite birds into your backyard or schoolyard with a birdfeeder
- Explore the role of plants in taking carbon out of the atmosphere by planting in a biodegradable seedling pot
- Take apart a seed and identify its parts in a seed dissection
- Re-use your junk-mail as jewelry
- Make a wind turbine model
Hold a class or school-wide celebration before or after Earth Day!
- BC Green Games | Celebration Kit and Activity Ideas
- Use Vancouver's ever-changing landscape to look at how rapid growth can affect a city's sustainability | Developing Story
Not just another boring pizza! Take the Science World approach to family evenings at home with Blood Juice, Cartesian Divers, Jelly Eyeballs, and a whole lot of fun, hands-on learning.
These packages include great movie suggestions, tasty recipes, fun activities and shopping lists to make your family science night a success.
Learn to make your own origami frog out of an ordinary business card. Download the instructions.
Ever wonder why Science World’s bubbles are thicker, bouncier and more amazing than the rest? It isn’t a secret; it’s science! Check out our very own bubble recipes.
All-Purpose Bubble Solution
This solution is great for most bubble tricks, activities, and experiments.
- 1 part water to 1 part Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo produces much better bubbles than any of the dish detergents we tried. Mix the ingredients gently and let the solution stand for a couple of hours.
Bouncy Bubble Solution
You can bounce these bubbles off your clothes!
- 1 package unflavoured gelatin (e.g. Knox brand)
- 250 ml (1 cup) hot water (just boiled)
- 50–70 ml glycerine*
- 250 ml Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
Dissolve the gelatin in the hot water. Add the shampoo and glycerine. Stir gently. This solution will gel as it cools. Reheat it carefully in the microwave (about two minutes).
Thick Bubble Solution
This goopy solution makes bubbles strong enough to withstand a puff of air.
- 2.5 to 3 parts Johnson’s baby shampoo to 1 part water
When you make a bubble with this solution, try puffing at it to make a bubble inside a bubble.
What does the glycerine do?
Glycerine helps soap bubbles hold water, so that they last longer. It’s very helpful if you’re doing bubble tricks, but less important if you’re mixing up a bucket of bubble solution for preschoolers to mess about with.
Where do I get glycerine?
Most pharmacies carry glycerine. You’ll only need a small bottle.
How much glycerine should I use?
We’re not precise about it. Try 1–3 teaspoons for about a litre of bubble solution.