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Homework Help: Science Experiments

01/04/2019 | Science Experiment

Looking for an idea for a science project? Here are several science experiment ideas that use materials easily found in your house. A couple of them might require a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, but mostly you can just raid the garage, kitchen, or medicine chest for the ingredients. Many experiments you will want to do OUTSIDE! Each experiment will give you directions as well as suggest websites and books that will help you explain what science is at work during the experiment.

Science Project Ideas:

Density: Buoyancy
Miscible Molecules: Lava Bottle
Polymers: Poke Holes in a Ziploc
Polymers: Borax Goo
Polymers: Cornstarch Goo
Saturation: Growing Crystals
Soluability: Sharpie Pen Tie Dye
Supersaturated: Borax Crystals & Rock Candy
Surface Tension: Bubbles
Surface Tension: Sand Castles

Acids: Bouncing Egg
Chemical Bond: Kool Aid Tie Dye
Chemical Reaction: Exploding Ziploc
Chemical Reaction: Milk Glue
Nucleation: Mentos Volcano

Melting Point: DIY Slushie
Heated Gases Expand: Ivory Soap

Aerodynamics: Paper Airplanes
Centripetal Force: Hex in a Balloon
Newton's 1st Law of Motion
Newton's 2nd Law of Motion
Newton's 3rd Law of Motion
Chromatography: Black Ink
Potential & Kinetic Energy: Marshmallow Catapult

Hydrologic (Water) Cycle: Make a Terrarium
Transpiration: Flower Transformation



Here are some websites that have good step-by-step directions and photographs for planning a great science project.


Science in ContextScience in Context:is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. The Science in Context database will show you articles, images and videos about science topics.

Science Fair Discoverer is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch of at home. Login in using your IndyPL library card number. It is a great way to find experiments that use common around-the-house items. Search by asking where you want to begin: In the recycling bin? In the junk drawer? In the yard? In the Kitchen? In the Bathroom? When an experiment is selected, you will see a list of needed items and directions.

You can also ask a math and science expert for homework help by calling the Ask Rose Homework Hotline. They provide FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12.


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out science experiment books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or text a librarian at 317 333-6877.

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