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Discover Science World Resources: Activities for Green Month

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Thinking and acting green involves learning about our local communities and environment. Once we learn more about the place in which we live, we are more likely to want to take care of it.

Join in on the fun under the dome during our Green Month, kicking off on Earth Day (April 22) and running until May 22. It'll be a month of celebration—programming that highlights the amazing green heroes from communities around BC, and the eco-action stories from Science World's BC Green Games teams. By joining in on events that take place at TELUS World of Science and trying out our take-home activities, you too can be a green hero!

Discover some easy ways to start thinking and acting green with Science World’s teacher-tested “green” resources!

 

Discover your local community and share your green stories!

  • Organize a clean-up in your local neighbourhood or join us at Science World for a clean-up of the False Creek community on Saturday, April 25.
  • Teachers, invite your students to document their green action projects and submit them to next year's BC Green Games for a chance to win prizes. This is a great way to create opportunities for personalized learning and foster the growth of students' digital literacy skills.
  • High schoolers, share sustainable school initiatives with your peers in an evening environmental celebration hosted by Science World and Metro Vancouver Youth4Action at TELUS World of Science. Global Rewind IV takes place on Friday, May 8!

Make sure to check out programming for our upcoming Green Month! For more hands-on, teacher-tested activities, visit Science World Resources.

Discover Science World Resources: Get Animated with Illusion-Themed Activities

Science World Animation

Animation involves the blending of art, science and technology. The process of animation involves illustrating, storyboarding and filming—among other processes. But did you know that animating static images involves the optical illusion of motion?

The basis behind all animation is the idea of persistance of vision, which is how our brains perceive moving static images as images in motion. Scientists attribute this feature to how the visual cortex of our brain processes the visual information we receive (colour, depth, form, etc.) via our retinas.

Research and historical evidence show that we begin to perceive motion and lose awareness of the spaces between the static images when they are shown at a rate as low as 10 frames per second. Cool, huh?

Discover optical illusions for yourself!

  • Learn how images are formed from the combination of information received by rods and cones on the retina in this fun puzzle/relay game
  • Investigate how the structure and placement of our eyes creates depth perception in this random dot stereogram demonstration
  • Explore how we appear to see colours from a spinning black and white disk
  • Investigate how our brains blend separate images by making a thaumatrope
  • Turn a series of static images into motion by making a stroboscope

For the full unit, check out Illusions.

Check out this great TED-ED lesson idea on Animation Basics. 

Make sure to visit the Animation exhibition, opening Saturday, February 7. Check out more hands-on, teacher-tested activities at Science World Resources

Family Science Nights

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.

Rocket Science

The Human Body

Under The Sea

Kitchen Chemistry

Hopping Frog

Bubble Recipes

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.

Our latest recipe calls for Polyetheylene oxide, a cool polymer that helps the bubbles to self-repair. It is non-toxic and used in some food and pharmacy products as a binding/thickening agent. In higher concentrations it also makes pretty cool slime for science fiction and horror movies.

  • 400 ml Dawn dishwashing liquid (blue) 
  • 4800 ml water (warm) 
  • 1g high molecular weight (approximately 4,000,000) polyethylene oxide. 1 g is roughtly 1/2 teaspoon. 

Polyethylene oxide is tricky to find but may be available to order through a chemistry supply company (e.g. Northwest). 

All-Purpose Bubble Solution

This solution is great for most bubble tricks, activities, and experiments. Mix the ingredients gently and let the solution stand for a couple of hours.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part water to 1 part Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
  • glycerine*
     

Bouncy Bubble Solution

You can bounce these bubbles off your clothes! 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).

Ingredients:

  • 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
     

Thick Bubble Solution

This goopy solution makes bubbles strong enough to withstand a puff of air. When you make a bubble with this solution, try puffing at it to make a bubble inside a bubble.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 to 3 parts Johnson’s baby shampoo to 1 part water
  • glycerine
     

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. Most pharmacies carry glycerine. You’ll only need a small bottle—try 1–3 teaspoons for about a litre of bubble solution.

 

Check out various activities investigating the geometry and chemistry of bubbles:

Science World Resources