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TryScience Grid Challenge

Do you have what it takes to win the Ultimate Race? Find out with the Tryscience Extreme Challenge! Compete on seven courses in four sports - mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and snowboarding. You must train and apply the science behind the sport to beat the challenge time and earn each course medal.

TryScience Extreme Challenge

Do you have what it takes to win the Ultimate Race? Find out with the Tryscience Extreme Challenge! Compete on seven courses in four sports - mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and snowboarding. You must train and apply the science behind the sport to beat the challenge time and earn each course medal.

  Experiments             **Asterisk indicates experiment has both an online and offline component.

*A-Mazing Robots

How A-Mazing are you? Program your robot to pick up and dispose of some toxic waste using as few simple commands as possible.

Aluminum Boats

How many coins can you float? Experiment with aluminum foil in a boat and a ball.
*Animal Attraction Do you have animal attraction? You can right in your own back yard with some craft supplies, your imagination and a little help from Mother Nature.
Breathing Yeasties Does yeast breathe? Find out by watching plastic bags filled with yeast, warm water and different amounts of sugar.
*Build A Treetop Walkway Build and test a model of a rainforest canopy walkway. Rainforest researchers must consider materials, transportation, and cost so they don't damage the fragile canopy environment as they study it.
Build And Test A Paper Bridge Make a bridge out of a folded piece of paper and two blocks. Test your structure by stacking coins (and other things) on it. How much weight can your bridge support before it crashes?
*Catch the Wave! Did you know you can use sound waves to see things? Submarines use sonar to 'see' where they're going in dark waters by interpreting the reflection of sound waves off things in the ocean. Ultrasound is another technology that uses reflected sound waves to 'see' inside your body. Find your way through the maze and learn how you can Catch the Wave!
Comet Cratering Make impact craters with marbles (or rocks) in a container of flour. Find out what you can tell about your "comets" by the craters they make.
*DNA Detective Can you solve the crime? Find out how DNA profiling can make sense of a crime scene and help I.D. a culprit from a list of suspects. Learn the DNA Basics, investigate the Crime Scene and experiment in the Lab and become a DNA Detective!
Eggs at Rest Stay at Rest Will you scramble eggs? Discover how an egg at rest stays at rest with an egg, a broom, an empty toilet paper roll, a pie pan and a glass of water.
Exploring With Sound Create a maze inside a shoebox with blocks of wood. Have a friend figure out where the blocks are by listening as a marble rolls inside the box. Using energy waves like sound, to determine the position of an object is called sonar.
Fork it Over Amaze your friends by balancing forks on a toothpick - and "fork it over" the center of gravity!
*Got Gas? You can get it with a glass of water, some wire, conductors and a battery!
Gravity In Action Make a parachute! Discover gravity in action with some plastic bags, string and small stones.
Hilarious Honker Make a hilarious honker! Fasten a piece of string through a hole in the end of a plastic cup and discover the hilarious sounds you can make. Find out how the length, tautness and wetness of the string affect sound vibrations.
*Hit The Spot! How's your aim? Find out how physics can make or break your game with a tennis racket, ball and paper targets and see if you can hit the spot!
How Do Probes Get To Space Build a rocket-a blown-up balloon taped to a drinking straw threaded through some string. The rocket follows Newton's Third Law of Motion: Every action produces an equal and opposite reaction.
Kool Colors Show your Kool Colors! Discover the chemistry of tie-dyeing with cotton fabric, Kool-Aid and vinegar.
Let It Roll How easy is it to let it roll? Find out with two jar lids, some marbles, and a straw handle!
Loopy Geometry Get loopy and amaze your friends! Morph circles into other shapes with the magic of geometry, paper loops, some tape and a scissors.
Lung Capacity Find out how much hot air you have! Measure your lung capacity-how much air your lungs can hold-by making a spirometer out of a plastic bottle, a pan of water, and some flexible tubing.
Mummy Magic Make your own mummy! Use a combination of salts to transform an apple into a mummy.
Musical Coat Hangers Can you hear better with your fingers in your ears? Find out with a coat hanger and some string!
Mysterious Melodies What happens when you fool your brain? Try it online - listen to some scrambled songs and find out how your brain interprets what you hear. Or Try it at home - fool your brain with some optical illusions.
Nosedive Will you take a nosedive? All you need to find out is a sheet of paper! Fold a Navy Jet and experiment with lift and drag to make it go left, right and loop de loop.
Oil Slick Create an oil slick with vegetable oil in a bowl of water. Oil and water make an immiscible solution-the elements never mix and will always method to clean up the oil.
Penny for your Thoughts Think a penny can't do much anymore? Think again - and experiment with pennies, vinegar and a metal object.
Pepper Scatter Break the tension! Use water, pepper and some soap to discover the wonders of surface tension.
Salt, Soil and Seeds What seed is worth its salt? Discover how the salt in soil affects plant growth with a few seeds, some cotton and salt.
*Save Your Skin Will it be fun or fry? Find out how important sunscreens are and save your skin.
Say Cheese! What makes cheese so cheesy? Find out with some milk,vinegar and a coffee filter!
Scream for Ice Cream Don't scream for ice cream -- make your own with milk, sugar, flavoring and some 'salt-water' ice.
*Seafood Surgery Do you have guts? Dissect a perch and a crayfish and find out how much guts they have too!
Shark Sense of Smell Do you smell like a shark? Find out what your nose knows by diluting something smelly in different concentrations using six jars, some food coloring and perfume.
Spaghetti Bridge Play with your food! How strong is your spaghetti structure? Find out with some marshmallows, raw spaghetti, raw linguine and some coins.
*Speed, Eggs and Slam! Save the egg! Protect your 'passenger' from Newton's First Law with an egg, a toy truck, a brick, cotton balls, rubber bands and a Styrofoam cup.
Stadium Seat Science Take the two-straw challenge as you wait for the game to start! Discover how pressure can quench your thirst with a drink and two straws.
Stick to It! What do you get when you mix milk curds and baking soda? Try this experiment and find out if you stick to it!
Turbidity Investigate turbidity in a jar-measure the light intensity of a jar of water using a flashlight and some black construction paper. As the turbidity increases, the murkier the water becomes and less light is able to shine through.
Up And Over Create a water whirler from a piece of cardboard and some string. Place a cup of water on the cardboard platform and whirl it in circles. When whirled fast enough, the centripetal force acting on the cup and water keeps it from falling off the cardboard.
Wave Machine Catch the wave! And learn about interference, reflection and velocity with some tape, pencils and two tables or chairs.
Wind Mapping with Bubbles Blow like the wind! Discover the wacky world of wind direction with some bubbles, a map and a keen eye.
Wingin' It How high can you fly? Build and test an airplane wing with some paper, cardboard, skewers, and a fan.


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Fire Ants

Are you Far Out?


Are you fired up?


Are you lost in space?

Black Holes

Are you nuts about allergies?

Bee Cavity-Free? Cavities
Blowing in the wind? El Nino
Can you catch some rays? Spacecraft Genesis
Can you mend a broken heart? Stem Cells
Can you see the light? Curing Blindness
Did you clear the air? Smog
Did you quake up? Basel Quakes
Did you shake it up! Earthquakes
Do you believe it? Neutrinos
Do you Colorama? Fall Colors
Do you have heart? Willo the Dinosaur
Does music blow your mind? Music
Fat or Fiction? Cholesterol
How's your Space TIMED? Space TIMED
How Glows It? Fireflies
How smashed are your atoms? Atoms
How Snows It? Avalanches
Is T-Rex king? Dinosaurs
Is the end NEAR? Asteroids
Is Your Temperature Rising? Global Warming
Ready for a Space Odyssey? Spacecraft Odyssey
Should there be two of you? Clones
Should you hack away? Cyber Crime
Water and Life on Mars? Water and life on Mars
What's Plastic Attraction? Plastic Magnets
What's your Crater IQ? Craters
What ASTER Effects? ASTER
What makes waves? Tsunamis
What rocked the world? LINEAR
Which genes rule in you? Genes
Who's Big Arm? Big Arm
Will you be Eclipsed? Eclipses
Will you Sink or Swim? Submarines

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  Field Trips

Be Sense-Sational @ Bristol From the imagery, sounds, live animals and plants in Wildwalk to the hands-on exhibits in Amazing Brain, Curiosity Zone, Get Connected and Move It in Explore, you'll immerse your senses at-Bristol. Find out how you respond to different challenges and get a sense for yourself!

Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center

How does science and technology thriving in Arizona affect your daily life? Find out with over 300 hands-on exhibits, demos and programs. Visit the planetarium to discover the reason for seasons. Better yet, try it online and Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center!
Can you Dig It? From the life-sized dinosaurs to the butterfly garden to the giant water works, there are hundreds of exhibits at Pacific Science Center to explore. Don't forget to check out the live animals, especially the Naked Mole-rats and discover what it's like to dig into another world.
Catch the Culprit at Technopolis! Experience a different side of science, from the high wire bike and pin wall to the House exhibit. Is a bed of nails more comfortable than a bed of billiard balls? Use your science detective skills to answer that question and more as you Catch the Culprit at Technopolis.
Catch the Spirit of COSI! Immerse yourself and explore, inquire, tinker, play, discover, laugh - oh yeah - and learn at COSI Columbus. Science takes different shapes, from the two sides of Ocean's Poseidon to the secrets of Adventure. Check it out and catch the Spirit of COSI!
Engineer it! At OMSI Climb aboard the USS Blueback at OMSI and experience life in a submarine before you explore in one of the labs. Then Engineer It! Blow your mind -- design and test a windmill; spread your wings -- build and fly paper airplanes; and unleash your problem-solving prowess as you discover the power of engineering.
Get Blown Away at MOSI! Explore the Back Woods trails at MOSI before you head up to the wicked weather exhibits. Get blown away in Hurricane Alley, electrifiy your senses with the ZAP! lightning exhibits and discover what makes the weather in Florida so extreme.
Get Turned On at Techniquest You are the master of your quest - follow your curiosity through the exhibit floor or amaze your brain in the science theater.  While you're there, play the Musiquest Game Show then energize the Dinorwig Dynamo and tell us what turns you on at Techniquest!
Say What? At Heureka What's it like at Heureka, the Finnish Science Center? Get a taste of Finland - and what it's like to live and speak in other countries when you Say What? At Heureka!
Sniff a Snack Questacon is Australia's national science and technology center. Explore hands-on, minds-on science at Questacon's seven exciting galleries. Keep your wits to avoid becoming lunch in Eaten Alive or experience an earthquake in Awesome Earth. And don't miss the Tasmanian Devils in Sniff-a-Snack.
What Grabs You at Science North? Ask a Bluecoat about the geology of Science North on your way to the Northern Ecosystems exhibit. The animals here are native to Northern Ontario -- Science North give them a unique home where visitors can get up close and meet Ralf, Copper, Mira and company.

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  Live Cams


Ant Cam at the Museum@Bristol Leaf-cutter ants do not actually feed on the leaves they cut. The fragments are carried back to the nest, where they are chewed up into pellets. The nest is where the ants do their "gardening", as the pellets of moist plant matter are used to grow a fungus, on which the ants feed.
Carnegie Science Center SeaScape Take a look into the undersea world in our 2000-gallon coral reef system. Representing four zones of the reef, you can spot colorful fish, unique corals, strange invertebrates, and underwater plant life. From the waves crashing into the fore reef to the calmness of the lagoon and mangrove areas there is a wide variety of sea life waiting for your discovery. Some tanks are lit from 9am to 9pm, and Carnegie Science Center is open 10 to 5, EST.
Challenger Learning Center at SciTrek Can you find the Control Station used to launch particle detectors? Crew members at the Challenger Learning Center use navigational skills, build a probe, and work at various stations including life support, robotics, and communication. Halfway through, the mission requires a crew exchange so everyone has an opportunity to experience both Mission Control and the Space Station responsibilities.
Discovery Science Center of Orange County Enjoy the sixteen and a half linear foot, horizontal climb across our full-scale Climbing Wall, along with over 100 other interactive science and technology exhibits here at Discovery Science Center. Many extreme sports, such as rock climbing, are popular among Southern Californians of all ages. Some climbers can support their full body weight by hanging by their fingertips from a rocky ledge less than three centimeters wide!
Penguins at the Montreal Biodome Can you see the four kinds of penguins - Macaroni, Rockhopper, Gentoo and King - that live in the subantarctic polar world at the Biodome? They like the temperature between 2ēC and 5ēC (36o and 41oF), and there may be as few as 6 hours of sunshine in June and up to 20 hours in December, similar to the natural Antarctic habitat in the southern hemisphere.
Physics Playground at the New York Hall of Science How many simple machines can you find? Other physics principles you can throw yourself in, on and around in the playground include reflection and waves, action-reaction, energy and sound. Pan around to see the park, Arthur Ashe stadium (home to the US Open) and Shea stadium (home to the NY Mets).
The Chick-Cam at the Scitech Chicken Eggsibit Scitech receives fertilized eggs every week and incubates them at 37C. The chick hatches 21 days after the egg has been fertilized. On the last day the hatching process starts when the chick breaks through the shell. It can take the chick all day to hatch out. After hatching, the chick needs to be kept warm in the incubator as its feathers are wet after hatching. After a day the chick's feathers are dry and fluffy, so they can be moved to a slightly lower temperature of 32C. The chickens stay at Scitech.
The Static Generator at Discovery World You walk across a carpet in your socks, reach for the doorknoband you get shocked! You pull on your favorite fuzzy sweater and it's suddenlya bad hair day. What's going on here? That's what the people at Discovery World Museum are finding out. The Static Generator, one of the most popular exhibits, stands in the middle of the room. If there isn't anybody on the green platform with their hair standing up, or leaning over to shock an unsuspecting friend, look about the rest of the Techno Jungle.
USS Blueback at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) OMSI has a Navy? No, but we do have a submarine. The USS Blueback has a rich history as the U.S. Navy's last non-nuclear submarine and even made a guest appearance in the movie 'The Hunt for Red October.' It is now a place for visitors to explore how submarines work and experience what life is like on a submarine. Move the camera around to see if you can find the ship's two periscopes and its snorkel mast (its tail pipe).
View of Mt. Washington Mt. Washington is the highest peak in New England and has the worst weather! The summit is biologically and ecologically similar to the subarctic zone.

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