Science at Home

These simple, ready-to-use experiments utilize common household items to reinforce core scientific principles. Each experiment includes information on how to include them in your classroom or distance learning curriculum and are taught by real 3M scientists and special guests. All experiments meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Marshmallow Tower

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Have you ever wondered how skyscrapers can be so tall? Or how people build bridges to span long distances? We use engineering to come up with ways to build tall, long, and sturdy structures.

CO2 Balloon

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Baking soda and acid reactions in baking make things puff and rise. But how could you use this same chemical reaction to blow up a balloon?

Elephant Toothpaste

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Watch up-close to see how catalysts help ignite chemical reactions. Join Camille Schrier, a scientist who was crowned Miss America 2020, as she shows you how to make a chemical reaction so big it’s fit for elephants!

Rainbow Bubble Snake

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Have you ever wondered how bubbles form? Learn the answer by joining special guest Kate the Chemist as she shows you how to make a bright and beautiful bubble snake using just a few simple materials.

Fidget Spinner

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Your teacher might not love them in class, but the physics behind fidget spinners are truly head-spinning! Join 3M scientist Tesha R.-Alston Dampier as she shows you how a spinning motion changes the way things move.

Liquid Fireworks

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Join 3M Scientist Jeff Payne as he uses nothing more than milk, dish soap, and a few other kitchen supplies to get the amazing effects of fireworks without using any fire at all.

Soap Boat

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Join 3M Researcher Vasav Shani as he introduces you to the science of surface tension. Not only is it only important for many engineering and earth science processes, it also makes blowing bubbles possible.

How Do We Breathe?

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How do our lungs work? Follow along as special guest Dakota Dozier, an offensive guard for the Minnesota Vikings, makes a model to show how air flows in and out of the lungs with ease.

Bernoulli Balance

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A jetliner can weigh over 300 tons, so why doesn’t it just drop out of the air? 3M’s SVP of Corporate Affairs, Denise Rutherford explains the Bernoulli principle and how without it, planes (and birds) couldn’t fly.

Push and Pull

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Follow along with 3M’s Sam Reiss as he demonstrates that magnetism is more than just a simple push and pull—it’s an example of the power of the earth itself.

Diffusion with Miss America 2020

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Ever wonder why things mix (or don’t mix) differently in different temperatures of water? Join Camille Schrier, a scientist who was crowned Miss America 2020, as she explains how substances move through water.

Feeling Sound

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Believe it or not, you can feel sound! Join Gitanjali Rao, former Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner of 2017 as she teaches us about the frequency of sound and how we perceive pitch.

Inflation Station

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Joins 3M chemical engineer Jayshree Seth for an at home science experiment. Jayshree demonstrates how to inflate a balloon using common household chemicals like vinegar and baking soda.

Make Your Own Cotton-Ball Launcher

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What can a rubber band and a cotton ball teach you about potential and kinetic energy? Join Michael Lewandowski to make your own cotton-ball launcher and find out!