Resources

Science World has supported fun and engaging science education since 1989 with award-winning programming for BC teachers, parents and students. Our vast collection of resources are teacher reviewed, classroom tested and matched to BCs transformed curriculum by grade.

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Activities

Activity Length:
15 mins.
Activity Type:
Discrepant Event (Investigatable)

Can you make a battery using a piece of fruit?

Yes, but not a very strong one! The source of electric energy in this demonstration is the combination of copper and zinc strips in the citric acid of the lemon. The citric acid of the lemon reacts with the zinc and loosens electrons. Copper...

Activity Length:
30 mins. (ongoing)
Activity Type:
Exploration

According to Natural Resources Canada, the average North American will produce 600 times their own weight in garbage over their lifetime. A person who weighs 68 kilograms will leave behind a 40,825 kilogram trash legacy. By altering daily practices, such how an individual packs their lunch for...

Activity Length:
45 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

Students figure out what sorts of materials a magnet will attract.

Activity Length:
30 mins. to 30 days
Activity Type:
Exploration

Students trace where the fruit in their lunch boxes comes from and think about advantages of buying locally.

Most fruits have stickers on them that tell us where the fruit was grown.  In Canada, very few fruits can be grown year-round, so we buy a lot of fruit from other countries....

Activity Length:
1 hour
Activity Type:
Make & Take

Create a complete ecosystem within a terrarium and explore the water cycle as it occurs at your desk! Heat from outside the jar will warm up the water in the "mini-lake", causing it to evaporate. As the water vapour cools on the lid, it will condense and precipitate (rain) down on the...

Activity Length:
20 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

In this activity, students play with paper strips and learn that a sheet of paper can “lose” one of its sides, if it’s twisted correctly.

Activity Length:
15 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

Using two different media (air and water) in glass bottles shows how the speed of vibrations affects pitch. Students will determine which results in a higher pitch: a full bottle or an empty bottle.

Pitch is the way that your ear and brain order sounds based on their frequency (vibrations...

Activity Length:
15 mins. plus 2-7 days
Activity Type:
Discrepant Event (Investigatable)

In this activity, students describe the effects of an acid on an eggshell. The reaction of the eggshell in vinegar is an acid-base reaction. When you submerge an egg in vinegar, the shell dissolves, leaving the inner semi-permeable membrane intact.

Vinegar (acid) breaks apart the solid...

Activity Length:
30 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

In this activity, students explore density through investigating the properties of water in an estuary.

Activity Length:
45 mins.
Activity Type:
Exploration

Students learn about the relationship between electricity and magnetism by creating and experimenting with their very own electromagnet. After making the magnet, they can explore how it works by making modifications to the number of batteries, the length of wire and number of loops, and the type...

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