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There are a lot of interesting and educational science projects that you can do at home. Typically these projects and experiments use common household chemicals and other materials found around the house. Examples of fun home science projects include making slime polymer, reacting baking soda and vinegar to erupt volcanoes, and growing sugar crystals. What is your favorite home science project or one you would recommend people try?

Dry ice

the dry ice experiment was so cool and the smoke blowed nicely and i got first place in my exhibition
—Guest Blue ribbon

burning money

It was amazing, i just try & got the success to obtain special attention of my friends
—Guest ABDUL WAJID KHAN

Electromagnet Project

electromagnet i made a an electromagnet with a d sized battery, 36 in copper wire and an iron nail. Just wrap the iron nail with copper wire but make sure to leave 8 in of wire on each end. tape the top wire to the top of the battery and the bottom wire to the bottom of the battery and tape it now you have an electromagnet. PS--this is really easy i did this and im only 12
—Guest gopy

Fire Extinguiher Model

A mini model of a fire extinguisher- Its fun and affordable, and make sure you have an adult will you at all times
—Guest Leslie

burning money

it was really cool first i tried it with a one dollar bill for experimenting and then a hundred dollars for school it was awesome thank u chem people
—Guest —Guest pyco

electromagnet

i made a an electromagnet with a d sized battery, 36 in copper wire and an iron nail. Just wrap the iron nail with copper wire but make sure to leave 8 in of wire on each end. tape the top wire to the top of the battery and the bottom wire to the bottom of the battery and tape it now you have an electromagnet. PS--this is really easy i did this and im only 12
—Guest bob

Hot Ice

I did hot ice using sodium acetate and water. it wz sooo cool specially having the experiment done with my best friend! I had it as a science fair project and guess wut, i got first place and a trophy... it wz the best year ever miss the good times
—Guest mileycyruslover

Homemade chemicals - potassium carbonate

Before mineral salt deposits were discovered in Germany, almost all potassium salts were derived from wood ashes. It is easy to extract the ashes with rainwater, and filter off the ashes. The filtrate is known as Lye and on evaporation to dryness yields a solid residue. This varies from white to buff, depending on the purity and composition of the original bonfire. Rainwater is preferred to tap water which may contain a lot of calcium salts. The residue is known as Pearl Ash, and was an important Canadian export in the early 19th century. It is mainly potassium carbonate, (what else does it contain?)but in those days it was called Potash. It can be made caustic by adding lime to a solution. Calcium carbonate precipitates, and the remaining solution feels slippery,and is corrosive or caustic. It is markedly alkaline for it now contains potassium hydroxide. This was used in making Soft Soap. For hard soap, ashes high in sodium are needed. These are from plants growing by the sea.
—Ian_Donaldson

slime

This slime is simple and affordable to make using common household items and it is a fun experience to make and do. Recommended for kids over 10. Have fun.
—Guest kahurangi

glow in dark water

It was cool learning how to make my water glow under the black light. I had so much fun!
—Guest briana=glowin dark

mentos with diet soda

It was cool. My shirt was wet cuz I stand close to it. My shirt turn to soda-flavoured shirt.
—Guest sciencelover

favorite student home science experiment

After 30 years of chemistry teaching and working with all levels of kids, my favorite (middle school level) home experiment involves placing deshelled eggs in Karo Syrup of varying concentrations. This is a science experiment--where the scientific method is followed. The key here is to teach students how to use science to discover new things. The lab involves messy eggs and Karo syrup, devising a way to measure a de-shelled-egg's circumference, recording results in data tables, graphs, and digital photos, and writing a lab report. I have a hand-out of the lab procedure I will gladly share as a Word document that takes a student step-by-step through the lab. Email me for the lab.
—JonCongdon

cuchow

i really enjoyed the whole burning money thing.. but the strangest thing happend.. when i did it on a dollar bill it worked but when i did it on my dads credit card.. it caught fire.. now im trying my best to hide it from my dad. yikes!
—Guest bompchikawompwomp

burning money

it was really cool first i tried it with a one dollar bill for experimenting and then a hundred dollars for school it was awesome thank u chem people
—Guest pyco

fermentation

using some packaged yeast ans sugar water you can see a reaction leading to CO2 and alcohol
—Guest robert halpin

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