Spark Science From Home

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Hello inquiring minds! 
Welcome to Spark Science from Home!

In these times of trials and tribulations, Spark finds hope through curiosity, experimentation, problem-solving, community ... and, of course, play!

Here, Spark will share:

  • DIY experiments and citizen science
  • innovative online challenges
  • important science education content
  • Curated content from STEAM community leaders

Spark will also connect you virtually to remarkable creators, scientists, artists, educators and builders to bring the world to you.

For Spark - this is an experiment too. Questions and feedback are welcomed!

Upward,

The Spark at Home Team.

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Live from Spark in Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

Dates: April 8, 2020 at 1 PM |

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Tune in on Spark's Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube for Live from TELUS Spark! BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out features some of the world's most spectacular animals. This rarely seen perspective includes skeletons, muscles, organs, circulatory systems, and more!

Ask Davis about the plastination process used to create all the animals in BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out. Get ready to dive beneath the skin.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
TIME: 1PM (MST)
WHERE: This is a digital live event that will stream through Spark's Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Please tune in!

Fire + Water Balloons

Dates: March 31, 2020 |

Let's get POPPIN' with a special fan request from two tiny Sparkians - the classic convection and hydrogen balloons science demos!

1. Can you pop a water balloon with fire? 
2. What happens when you fill a balloon with hydrogen gas? 

DIY Milk Plastic

Dates: March 29, 2020 |

Try out this simple legen-dairy science with staple items in your own kitchen with a good ol' cuppa milk and white vinegar. Milk has a protein called CASEIN that's not soluble with acids, like vinegar – a common household ingredient. When mixed, you'll see an instant reaction separating the water content with long molecules and curdles that can be molded and shaped when cooled. 

MATERIALS

1 cup milk
1 tbs vinegar
Pot
Stove
Strainer 

INQUIRY QUESTION 

Will other acids like lemon juice work?
What would happen if you tried soy milk instead? 

Sneeze the Day!

Dates: March 27, 2020 |

Sneeze the day with a bit of science! So what actually happens when you sneeze? 

A sneeze acts like a reset button. There are these things inside your nose called cilia that detects foreign substances and sends a signal to your brain! When you sneeze, you clear your nose and nasal cavity of things like dust, pollen, smoke, and even pepper!

DIY CO2 Fire Extinguisher

Dates: March 26, 2020 |

Get your science gear and head to the kitchen! It's time for this classic at-home science experiment. Davis the chemist is brewing up an invisible fire extinguisher straight from his home laboratory - the kitchen! 

MATERIALS

Baking Soda
Vinegar
Cup
Candle flame

INQUIRY QUESTIONS

Is carbon dioxide heavier than air?
How many flames can you extinguish with a cup of baking soda and vinegar?

Science Behind Fire

Dates: March 25, 2020 |

The Fire Triangle

Combustion reactions ignite when all three things are present: 

1. Fuel Source (ex. wood, paper, gasoline)
2. Heat Source
3. Oxygen 

If one of these items is missing, the fire triangle will be incomplete. Have you ever tried drawing a triangle with only two sides? Challenge accepted! 

*Please do not try this at home 

Science Behind Bed of Nails

Dates: March 24, 2020 |

Spark is bringing science to you!

Take the pressure off by lying on a bed of 1000 nails! Learn the science behind one of Spark's beloved exhibit, the Bed of Nails. 

Pressure is created when two things come in contact with one another. With an even distribution over a large surface area such as a bed, the weight of your body is distributed across many contact points. 

MORE AREA = LESS PRESSURE!

Want to try this at home? Check out this super cool at-home replica from Steve Spangler! 

WATER SCAVENGER HUNT

Dates: March 22, 2020 |

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While families practice social distancing, we know how important it is to stay connected to the world around us.
To recognize UN World Water Day (Mar 22), why not explore the backyard or your neighbourhood to discover, sample, and talk about the water all around us? 


Grab some containers, label them, bring spoons, miniature shovers, cups - or anything in the Tupperware cupboard - and get outside!

MATERIALS

  • Tupperware containers
  • Labels 
  • Markers
  • Water around you! (Ice, snow, etc...) 

INQUIRY QUESTIONS

  • Why is it important to be protectors of water?
  • How much does water play a role in our daily lives?
  • What differences do you notice about different forms of water?

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Dates: March 21, 2020 |

DIY: Lemon Battery

When life gives you lemons, MAKE A BATTERY! Watch how to complete an energy circuit using a lemon as a battery.

LEARN MORE>>

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Dates: March 21, 2020 |

Carbon Dioxide Inflated Balloons

Mixing in everyday household items like vinegar and baking soda creates a bubbly and foamy reaction, perfect for a science experiment at home!

LEARN MORE>>

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Dates: March 21, 2020 |

Liquid Nitrogen vs Balloons

What happens when you dip a balloon in liquid nitrogen? 

LEARN MORE>>

Support Spark!

Dates: March 30, 2020 |

To support the many members of the community at home during the coronavirus outbreak, these Spark Science at Home projects are free for anyone to access. Under normal circumstances, Spark depends on admission revenue to support science education. If you are able to contribute to cover the cost of producing content while Spark's doors are closed, please donate here. If you are already a donor or member, thank you so much for your support. Spark is a registered educational charity.