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Homework Help: Science Experiments

12/13/2021 | Homework Help, Science Experiments

Test Tubes

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: Cornstarch and Borax Goo
Saturation: Baking Soda Crystals
Soluability: Sharpie Pen Tie Dye
Supersaturated: Borax Crystals
Surface Tension: Bubbles
Surface Tension: Sand Castles

Acids: Bouncing Egg
Chemical Bond: Kool Aid Tie Dye
Chemical Reaction: Exploding Ziploc

Melting Point: DIY Slushie
Heated Gases Expand: Ivory Soap

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

Hydrologic (Water) Cycle: Make a Terrarium


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

Ask Rose Homework Help

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.

Books for Kids for a Stressless Science Fair

Here are books to help you pick a science fair experiment that (1) follows the scientific method, (2) uses stuff you can find around the house, and (3) is great fun to do! The books will also help you understand what you are seeing by explaining the science concepts behind the dramatic results.

Janice VanCleave's Big Book of Experiments

VanCleave, Janice Pratt

More than 100 experiments like making slime to better understand chemistry, and creating safe explosions to better understand physic. The supplies for the experiments are easily obtained and the experiments are explained step-by-step.

Experiment With Outdoor Science

Arnold, Edwin Nicholas

Science isn't limited to the classroom & it can be found out in the garden! This book of experiments and projects covers chemical reactions, states of matter, microbiology, and much more, all with materials and equipment that can be found at home.

Excellent Engineering

Beattie, Rob

Step-by-step instructions for kids interested in engineering. Projects are made from things you can easily find laying around the house.