Hands on Science Activities for the Whole Family

Participate in activities, experiments, and demonstrations on most Saturdays, Sundays and select school release days. Engage the whole family in hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math! New activities each month.

Each weekend join us for an unique opportunity to:

  • Try fun, family friendly activities.
  • Enjoy new activities each month.
  • Explore intriguing ideas and learn skills used by innovators.

MONTHLY THEME

JANUARY: PHYSICS

Physics is a branch of science that studies matter and its motion, as well as how it interacts with energy and forces. Try one of the Bakken physics science experiments in West Wind’s Great Hall!

Activities:

Apple Physics- Newton's First Law of Motion states that objects with balanced forces acting on them will stay at rest or stay in constant motion. Can you balance an “apple” on your finger? How about two?

Newton’s Nightmare- Defy the laws of gravity and bend physics with Newton's Nightmare. Drop one weight into the tube and it drops to the ground with a thud. The second weight might bend your mind a little!

Woah Speed Racer- Where’s the fire? Slow things down to a crawl and take as long as you can to descend the ramp.

Balloon Atmospheres- Did you know that the Atmosphere’s Air Pressure is the weight of all the air between you and outer space? Utilize balloons to decipher important facts about atmospheres.

Supernova Experiment- What happens when equilibrium is not maintained in a star? A fantastic explosion, of course! Use a tennis ball and ping-pong ball to discover how it works in this simple experiment.

Tiny Catapults- Catapults are excellent examples of physics in action because they store potential energy until fired. The more energy you pack in, the farther your projectile will go. Make your own catapult and then launch it at the target!

Ping Pong Pressure- Using nothing more than air pressure, you can make a ping-pong ball levitate! The Bernoulli Effect will ensure that the ball stays securely in an upwards-facing air column.

Dates:

  • Saturday, January 4 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 5 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 11 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 12 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 18 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 19 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 26 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FEBRUARY: LIGHT

It’s dark this time of Winter… come brighten your days at the Bakken with Science Studios: Light!

Activities:

Phenakistoscopes- Experience a product of early animation by assembling your own Phenakistoscope. Look In the mirror to make your drawings dance before your eyes!

Squishy Circuits- Squishy circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. Bring your creations to life by lighting them up with LEDs.

Sun Dials- A sundial is an instrument with a pole, or gnomon, in its center and markings that tell the time like a clock. When the gnomon casts a shadow, that indicates the time on the sundial. Make your own sundial and take it home!

Reading X-Rays- X-Rays can help doctors and scientists look inside something without causing any problems. Check out real-life X-Rays just like a radiologist.

Radiation Myths- Will radiation turn you into a super hero? Probably not, but people have thought stranger things about radiation! See if you can sort science from fiction.

Anamorphosis Experience- An anamorphosis is a deformed image that appears in its true shape when viewed in some "unconventional" way. Can you color your anamorphosis sheet by looking ONLY at the mirror? What about draw your own figure?

The Color of Light- White light is a combination of all colors in the color spectrum, and has all the colors of the rainbow. How do various colored lights change the way we see color?

Dates:

  • Saturday, February 1 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 2 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 8 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 9 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 15 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 16 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 22 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 23 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 29 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 1 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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