Curious GLADL!

Join us Thursdays at 3pm for another virtual adventure! More details on our Event Calendar.

We love hearing from our patrons and hope that you are trying out these experiments and finding ones on your own.  Please send us an email or Facebook messages or photos of your adventures.  We want everybody to be CURIOUS!

Ukulele Play-Along with Roth Academy of Music

Join us, sing and play along with some fun introductory online ukulele classes with Michaela, a ukulele, piano and voice teacher from Roth Academy of Music here in Grand Ledge! Tune in from your house and Michaela will help you learn some chords, learn some easy songs and have musical fun with the ukulele. And even if you don’t have a ukulele, you can still have fun and sing along with fun songs for all ages!

Music chords & information from Roth

Let’s make some Noise!  — Chicken in a Cup!

Everybody loves to make some noise and hopefully some MUSIC!  With this simple experiment you can learn about vibrations, frequency, and amplitude, and make your own musical instrument — or at least make some NOISE!  

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Super sonic: the science of sound by Jay Hawkins (print) — fascinating facts and unique experiments to explore the extraordinary science of sound 

Esquivel! space-age sound artist by Susan Wood (ebook) — Gorgeously illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, this lively biography follows Juan Garcia Esquivel from Mexico to New York City. Juan grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands; he loved music and became a musical explorer. 

What is frequency and amplitude?  from Britannica

Hoop Gliders!

A motorless, fixed-wing, heavier-than-air craft is known as a glider.  Learn how to make your own glider with just a few easy to find items at home.  Who knows you just might be the next Wright Brother!

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Wright Brothers experimenting with gliders — from Britannica

Wright Brothers in front of their house — which is now on display at Greenfield Village

Draw 50 airplanes, aircraft, & spacecraft by Lee Ames (print) — Simple directions for drawing various airborne articles, from the Wright brothers’ plane to the Saturn V rocket.

Comets!

A comet is a chunk of ice and rock flying through space. When they get close to the sun, they heat up. We can see their glow and long tails.  We can make a couple different kinds of “comets” to have fun with at home.  Check out our video with Mrs. Fellows.

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Foamy Fountain

We love to play with bubbles!  This experiment is a great way to learn about chemistry and how different things reaction together.  Using very simple ingredients  we are able to produce some pretty interesting results.  Learn all about EXOTHERMIC REACTIONS — be prepared to make a mess!  CAUTION: Hydrogen peroxide can irritate skin and eyes. Be sure to wear safety goggles and don’t play in the foam!

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Spring is here!  Let’s go outside!  Let’s go fly a kite!  What?  You don’t own a kite?  No worries, we can make one!  It’s easy to make, fun to play with, and kids love decorating their very own kite.

Just like rockets, jets, or birds, all kites experience a combination of forces as they fly. The main forces that determine whether or not a kite is able to fly are weight, lift, tension, and drag.  What better way to learn about these great science topics than with your own kite!  Check out our tutorial for all the how to steps and more about the science!.

Hydroponnic Veggies!

Who doesn’t love to watch vegetables grow and what’s more intersting that seeing a new lettuce or celery grow right in your kitchen!   With this simple setup you can.  If you have ever bought a pack of romaine, iceberg lettuce, or celery from the store, you probably threw away the stem at the end.   Follow these steps and learn how to reduce kitchen wast and using only water and sunlight and yield a brand new plant for your next salad!

Hydroponics:  The science of growing plants in water or some substance other than soil is called hydroponics, from the Greek hydro, meaning “water,” and ponos, meaning “labor.” In hydroponics, also called soilless culture, the stems and roots of the plants are supported. The necessary nutrients for plant growth are provided in the solution surrounding the roots.  All plants need the oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon available from either air or water.  (Britannica)

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Growing Lettuce or Celery
at Home with
Mrs. Fellows!

Rockets, Rockets, Rockets!
Pump Bottle Rocket!

The pump rocket uses water to displace air inside the rocket housing to build pressure. This pressure will cause a cork to eject and then use the water as a propellant to blast off.

Bubble Art!

 

All about Oobleck!
Pop Bottle Greenhouse