These simple, at-home experiments conducted by 3M scientists use common household items and are designed to reinforce core scientific principles. School systems, educators, parents, and caregivers are encouraged to use this educational content in virtual classrooms and at home.
3M will post new experiments, featuring 3M scientists and some special guests along the way. Be sure to check back weekly for new content to try at home.
In this experiment, you will build a paper rocket that can be propelled with air. You’ll explore using air as a form of thrust, while changing variables along the way to make your rocket fly farther or straighter.
The reaction between baking soda and acid has been known for a long time. Its most common use is in baking, where the carbon dioxide gas that is produced makes things puff and rise. But how could you use this same chemical reaction to blow up a balloon?
Have you ever wondered how skyscrapers can be so tall? Or how people build bridges to span long distances? Explore engineering techniques to build sturdy structures using only marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti.
3M Scientist, Ellen Bosl, demonstrates how dish soap breaks down the surface tension of water causing some objects to sink. Do you think it will sink or float?
Everyone loves bubbles, but have you ever thought about how they form? In this video, special guest, Kate the Chemist, shows you the science behind bubbles. With just a few simple materials, you’ll learn how to make a bright and colorful bubble snake using your breath, soap, water and a plastic water bottle.
Think it’s impossible to move water from one glass to another without pouring it yourself? Think again! Watch as Ritu Sengupta explains how capillary action can move water from one place to another using paper towels.
From seagulls bobbing up and down to surfers riding into shore, you’ve probably seen many different types of waves at the beach. But what drives them, and how do they move? Join Jeff Emslander to find out.
Ever wonder why people’s voices sound different? Or why each string on a guitar has a distinct sound? Follow along as Michael Bonner shows you how to make your own at home guitar and see for yourself!
How do our lungs work? Follow along as special guest Dakota Dozier, an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings, makes a model to show how air flows in and out of the lungs with ease.
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.
Did you know your red marker has more than just red ink inside of it? 3M’s SVP for Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer, John Banovetz shows a simple way to separate the materials in your marker using capillary action.
Believe it or not, you can feel sound! Join Gitanjali Rao, former Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner, as she teaches about the frequency of sound and how we perceive pitch.
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.
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 diffusion and how substances move though water.
Your teacher might not love when you have one 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.
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