Science at Home

These simple, ready-to-use experiments utilize common household items to reinforce core scientific principles. Each experiment includes information on how to include them in your classroom or distance learning curriculum and are taught by 3M scientists and special guests.

Marshmallow Tower

Have you ever wondered how skyscrapers can be so tall?

Or how people build bridges to span long distances? Explore engineering techniques to build sturdy structures using only marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti.

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CO2 Balloon

Baking soda and acid reactions in baking make things puff and rise.

But how could you use this same chemical reaction to blow up a balloon?

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Elephant Toothpaste

Join Camille Schrier, a scientist who was crowned Miss America 2020, as she shows you how to make a chemical reaction so big it’s fit for elephants!

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Rainbow Bubble Snake

Everyone loves bubbles, but have you ever thought about how they form?

In this video, special guest, Kate the Chemist, shows you the science behind bubbles. With just a few simple materials, you’ll learn how to make a bright and colorful bubble snake using your breath, soap, water and a plastic water bottle.

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Fidget Spinner

Your teacher might not love when you have one in class, but the physics behind fidget spinners are truly head-spinning!

Join 3M scientist Tesha R.-Alston Dampier as she shows you how a spinning motion changes the way things move.

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Liquid Fireworks

Join 3M scientist Jeff Payne as he uses nothing more than milk, dish soap, and a few other kitchen supplies to get the amazing effects of fireworks without using any fire at all.

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Soap Boat

Join 3M Researcher Vasav Shani as he introduces you to the science of surface tension.

Not only is it only important  for many engineering and earth science processes, it also makes blowing bubbles possible.

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How Do We Breathe?

How do our lungs work?

Follow along as special guest Dakota Dozier, an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings, makes a model to show how air flows in and out of the lungs with ease.

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Bernoulli Balance

A jetliner can weigh over 300 tons, so why doesn’t it just drop out of the air?

3M’s SVP of Corporate Affairs, Denise Rutherford explains the Bernoulli principle and how without it, planes (and birds) couldn’t fly.

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Push and Pull

Follow along with 3M’s Sam Reiss, as he shows you that magnetism is more than just a simple push and pull – it’s an example of the power of the earth itself.

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Diffusion with Miss America 2020

Ever wonder why things mix (or don’t mix) differently in different temperatures of water?

Join Camille Schrier, a scientist who was crowned Miss America 2020, as she explains diffusion and how substances move though water.

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Feeling Sound

Believe it or not, you can feel sound! Join Gitanjali Rao, former Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner, as she teaches about the frequency of sound and how we perceive pitch.

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Inflation Station

Follow along with 3M’s Chief Science Advocate, Jayshree Seth, as she teaches students how chemistry can help put some air where it’s most needed!

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Make Your Own Cotton-Ball Launcher

What can a rubber band and a cotton ball teach you about potential and kinetic energy?

Join Michael Lewandowski to make your own cotton-ball launcher and find out!

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