There are only a few weeks left of summer before school starts. And, if you are looking for fun activities to do with your family, we have you covered.
How to make a fruit battery.
Did you know if you take a piece of citrus fruit, and common household items like a zinc nail and copper wire, you can generate enough electricity to turn on a light bulb? It’s a fun and easy activity to learn more about electricity.
Make a uranium atom with candy.
Rather than burning fuel, nuclear plants use Uranium235 to generate electricity. The atoms are split (fission) in a nuclear reactor, giving off heat. The heat is then used to create steam, which turns a turbine and, ultimately, a generator to power homes and businesses. Watch this short video to learn how to make your own edible atom.
How to make a cloud chamber particle detector.
Want to see what an electron looks like? Want to learn what muons and alpha particles are? Introduce your family to a cloud chamber and learn how to detect cosmic rays.
Tie-dye a T-shirt.
Pick up a tie-dying kit and a white T-shirt to try your hand at this classic activity. Experiment with different color combinations or use different objects – like paperclips or clothespins – in addition to rubber bands to create unique designs (like a uranium atom).
If you are looking for more fun, STEAM-based activities, check out one of our education centers or the National Energy Education Development for fun activities to do at home or at school.