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DIYscience Discover your hidden scientist!

Have you ever tried to do a science experiment at home? Have you ever tried to make a chemical reaction or to grow a crystal?
You don’t need leading-edge laboratories or complex equipment to have a first-hand experience in science. You can do science with everyday materials that you can even find at home: this is the Do It Yourself philosophy!
What you need are a pinch of creativity, a dash of passion and the DIYscience collection that we had prepared for you!
Try these simple experiments and find out how fun and engaging science can be!

A filter in a bottle

Filtration is a process in which solid particles dispersed in a liquid can be separated. In the lab scientists use very complex filters, but it is possible to construct effective ones with few and simple materials. Why don’t you try!

filtration . physics . charcoal

A dough to play

Hands up if you have never tried to prepare a do-it-yourself slime! With this special recipe and with very simple ingredients such as a polymer, starch, and bubble bath, you can have fun creating an elastic and soft dough.

elasticity . physics . starch

Wet or dry?

Most water birds have a special organ that allows them to stay dry, even if they are immersed in water. This is the case of mallards and penguins. Magic? No, physics! Try the waterproofing power of wax with this simple experiment!

wax . physics . water properties

What a cabbage!

Some compounds change their color depending on the acidity of the environment. This is the case of red cabbage, which for this reason is used as an indicator of acidity. Learn how to prepare a special juice and enjoy testing the acidity of various substances!

pH . chemistry . acidity

Throwing further

How many things can you build with rubber bands, teaspoons and lollipop sticks? A lot! We built catapults. Play with physics too and find out how to create the catapult that launches farther away!

lever . physics . catapult

Chemistry and Apples

How many times after peeling an apple you notice that it turns black? This happens due to the action of the oxygen contained in the air. But there is a way to reduce the oxidation process: find out how with this simple experiment!

oxidation . chemistry . vitamin C

Who will melt first?

A race between colors? Nothing could be simpler, if you follow our experiment! With some ice cubes, a few sheets of colored cardboard and a lamp, you can find out which color absorbs more light!

state of the matter . physics . light

Who will melt first?

They sparkle in the sun, but they melt in the water. They are transparent and bright. You can play with the concept of solubility. Discover how to make wonderful sugar crystals with this simple experiment!

state of the matter . crystals . sugar

Balloons and electricity

Have you ever got a small electric shock? Static electricity is due to the accumulation of electric charges on the surface of an object. Find out how to generate it and how to use it in these simple experiments!

static electricity . physics . balloon

Racing colours

Can you distinguish primary from secondary colours? By using water and a piece of paper you can separate the inks of your felt tip pens in order to see how many colours they contain. Find out how to perform this simple chromatography!

chromatography . chemistry . capillarity

Hidden messages

Have you ever send a secret message written with an invisible ink? Some molecules change their colour according to the acidity of the environment in which they are. Find out how chemistry can help you in hiding a secret message!

pH . chemistry . acidity

Popping vinegar

When you mix different materials, they can dissolve or not or they can even give rise to something new. Find out what happens when you mix vinegar and baking soda in a plastic bag … is there enough space for it all?

chemical reactions . vinegar . baking soda

Walking water

Glasses, water, paper and some food colouring: that’s what you need to experience one of the most intriguing phenomena in biology. We are talking about capillarity: the force that drives water along roots and trunks, even against gravity!

capillarity . chemistry . water properties

Swimming fishes

Some insects are able to float and stride on a water surface: magic? No, physics! When they stand on a water surface, they are able to float due to the surface tension. Find out what it is with this simple experiment!

surface tension . physics . water properties

Milk vortices

What happens when milk runs into food colouring and dish detergent? With this experiment you can try to produce colourful vortices taking advantage of a special force, the surface tension, which creates thin films over the surface of liquids.

surface tension . physics . water properties

Crystals and salt

Who says that it is possible to produce crystals only in a lab? What you need is just a glass of water and some salt … and with a pinch of patience you will be able to grow wonderful salt crystals. Why don’t you try?

states of matter . crystals . salt

Solid or liquid?

Sometimes it behaves like a liquid, sometimes like a solid. No, it’s not a riddle! It’s a feature of some special fluids, called “non-Newtonian” fluids. Follow the instructions, prepare your own non-Newtonian fluid and try to handle it gently or with more energy!

states of matter . physics . starch

A matter of affinity

What happens when you mix water and oil or water, oil and alcohol? Do they mix together or not? And which of them have more affinity? Find out how to explore density and polarity using everyday materials!

density . affinity . polarity

Plastic milk

Have you ever built a key chain with milk? Hard work? Not at all! All you need is to know the milk composition and the chemical reaction that will allow you to transform milk into something different. Ready to start?

chemical reactions . vinegar . milk

Fizzy balloons

How many methods do you know to inflate a balloon? We try to do it using a chemical reaction and mixing different materials. Find out how to inflate a balloon with this simple experiment and enjoy with your kids!

chemical reactions . vinegar . baking soda

Blooming flowers

What do biscuits dunk in milk and blooming flowers have in common? They both have to deal with capillarity, a physical phenomenon that is very common in our everyday life. Discover it through this simple experiment!

capillarity . physics . water property

Lava lamp

Every day millions of chemical reactions occur around us. In this experiment we will try to build a homemade volcano by using the chemical reaction created by effervescence. Discover how simple it is and how fascinating bubbles are!

chemical reactions . effervescence . gas

Crystal strings

A woollen yarn of your favourite colour, some water and few spoons of baking soda: three simple ingredients are all you will need to create many sparkling and snow white crystals to decorate your Christmas tree. Find out how fascinating growing crystals is!

states of matter . crystals . baking soda