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Looking to catch up on a video you've missed or discovering #GSCAtHome for the first time? Here you'll find every #GSCAtHome video aired to date.

View all our #GSCAtHome videos on our YouTube playlist below.

Explore what we've shared to date on #GSCAtHome.


Invisible Fire Extinguishers

Sunday 23 August.

Explore energy in the context of the fire triangle with Abi, and see how a flame can be extinguished ‘as if by magic’ using CO2 gas. To try at home, you will need adult permission and supervision required. View on YouTube.

Get involved on social media using the hashtag #PoweringTheFutureWeek.

Powering the Future Week is supported by OPITO, the global not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry.


Popping Potential

Saturday 22 August.

Fergus is here to investigate how energy is involved in the process of making popcorn. Yum! View on YouTube.

Get involved on social media using the hashtag #PoweringTheFutureWeek.

Powering the Future Week is supported by OPITO, the global not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry.


Future Transport

Friday 21 August.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design your own transport of the future. What will it look like? How will it be powered? Join Claire, David, Carla and Ruairi in getting creative - you'll need some pens, pencils and paper to draw your idea, or some recycling or craft supplies if you're going to make a model. View on YouTube.

Get involved on social media using the hashtag #PoweringTheFutureWeek.

Powering the Future Week is supported by OPITO, the global not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry.


Make Your Own Wind Turbine

Thursday 20 August.

Join Sabah and harness the power of the wind! Learn about renewable energy by making your own simple model wind turbine. To make your own model wind turbine you'll need blu tack, glue, a toilet roll or kitchen roll tube, paper, scissors, coloured pens, pencils or paints, a toothpick and adult supervision. View on YouTube.

Get involved on social media using the hashtag #PoweringTheFutureWeek.

Powering the Future Week is supported by OPITO, the global not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry.


Make Your Own Motor

Wednesday 19 August.

Learn with Amy how we can generate electricity from different types of energy. Then, explore the basics of transferring chemical energy into movement energy as you design your own simple motor using a battery, copper wire, and a neodymium magnet. Adult permission and supervision required. View on YouTube.

Get involved on social media using the hashtag #PoweringTheFutureWeek.

Powering the Future Week is supported by OPITO, the global not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry.


Make Your Own Water Wheel

Tuesday 18 August.

Abi will show you how to make a model water wheel as you investigate how to change the movement energy in flowing water to something more useful. To make your own water wheel you will need: a large bowl, 2 x paper plates, some cardboard, 6 x plastic bottle caps, 2 x plastic rulers, a wooden skewer, plasticine or re-useable tack, a jug of water, duct tape or Sellotape, strong glue, and adult permission and supervision. View on YouTube.

Get involved on social media using the hashtag #PoweringTheFutureWeek.

Powering the Future Week is supported by OPITO, the global not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry.


Energy - What's The Big Idea?

Monday 17 August.

Caitlin is here to kick-off #PoweringTheFutureWeek with an introduction to what energy is and how it works, some different types of energy, and some energy phrases that you might have heard of. View on YouTube.

Get involved on social media using the hashtag #PoweringTheFutureWeek.

Powering the Future Week is supported by OPITO, the global not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry.


Tour of Uranus

Friday 15 August

Get ready to find out everything you've ever wanted to know (and more!) about the planet, Uranus. Niall from The Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre will be talking you through the planet with a rather funny name - from the fascinating story of how it got its name, to a tour of the icy gas giant itself with its unusual tilt, rings and moons. View on YouTube.


Sunshine Food

Wednesday 12 August

Sabah is here to help us think about food, energy and the amazing variety of life we have on planet Earth. You'll learn how plants make their food using sunlight, carbon dioxide and water through a process called "photosynthesis". There's even an experiment you can do at home to see this process in action. View on YouTube.


Brain Hats

Monday 10 August

Let's think about our brains. What do they do and how do they do it? Caitlin is here to help us learn about the different jobs the brain has and how it is organised by making a brain hat. To make the 'brain hat', you will need to print out the template below, some pens or pencils, Sellotape or glue, scissors, and some adult permission and help.  View on YouTube.

You can download the template used in this video on the 'Ellen McHenry's Basement Workshop' website.


Space for Art

Friday 7 August

Just by looking up at the stars, joining the dots, and making pictures out of what you see, you can make your own stellar art. In fact, if you do, you’re carrying on a fine tradition that’s been going on for tens of thousands of years. Nina from our Planetarium team tells us about some amazing art inspired by space. View on YouTube.

And, get ready to pull a few out-of-this-world shapes on the dancefloor with our own curated playlist of space-themed tunes over on Spotify!


Patterns in Nature

Wednesday 5 August.

We’re in the garden with Caitlin, learning about the Fibonacci sequence, an interesting set of numbers that pops up in ways that might surprise you! View on YouTube.


Land Yachts

Monday 3 August.

In today's GSC at Home, you will be designing and building a land yacht! But first, a question, what actually is a land yacht? A land yacht is a car with a sail(s) or a boat with wheels! That means it's a vehicle powered by the wind, as it travels on land. For his land yacht, Andy uses cardboard, kebab skewers, an empty plastic  strawberry tub, a cardboard tube (toilet roll/kitchen roll), and paper for the sail, using scissors and tape to put it all together. You can use whatever you have at home to create your land yacht - get creative to see what makes the best one! This video is fun for the whole family, but requires adult permission and supervision, particularly if using scissors or any other sharp objects. View on Youtube.


Tour of Jupiter

Friday 31 July.

Nina from the Planetarium continues our #GSCAtHome Tour the Solar System series, with a look at the biggest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter! This one is suitable for all the family, but will especially appeal to budding astronomers aged 7 and over. View on YouTube.


Journey Through My Body

Wednesday 29 July.

In this episode of GSC at Home, we take a look at the fascinating journey makes as it goes through our body. From the very top, to the very bottom - literally! Jennifer takes us through what happens as we eat and digest food and shows us how to make a model stomach with all the foods you eat in a day. This video is suitable for the whole family. Please make sure to have adult permission and supervision when attempting any experiments. Watch on YouTube.


Spectroscopes

Monday 27 July.

A spectroscope is a tool used by scientists to measure light by splitting it up into its colour components. Just like primary colours that we learn about in art - red, yellow and blue - light has its own primary colours - red, green and blue! In this episode of GSC at Home, Harriet tells us more about spectroscopes and how they work, and shows us how to make our very own at home. For this experiment you'll need: a cereal box, a ruler, a protractor, tin foil, sharp scissors, a blank/old CD, glue and black marker. Make sure you have an adults permission and supervision. This experiment involves using sharp scissors, so please make sure an adult does this for you and always be careful handling scissors. This experiment is suitable for ages 7 and over, with an adult doing any cutting out. Watch YouTube. 


Make a Tornado

Friday 24 July.

What is a tornado? How do they form? Learn all about this extreme form of weather and make your own tornado in a bottle, safe at home - no need to worry about ending up in Oz! You'll need two identical large plastic bottles, a small piece of thin plastic (eg the lid of a tub of yoghurt, ice cream tub lid, or a microwavable lid), a marker pen, a hole punch, some scissors and duct tape (or any waterproof tape). Make sure you have adult permission and supervision before attempting this experiment at home. This experiment is suitable for ages 7 and over. Watch on YouTube.


Baths, Boats and Buoyancy

Wednesday 22 July.

Learn about the force of buoyancy and how it affects bath times, boats and bladders. Find out about the scientist behind the discovery, Archimedes, and follow along with an experiment where you can observe buoyancy in water using a homemade Cartesian& diver! To do this experiment, you'll need a plastic bottle, a pen cap (ideally one without a hole at the top), plasticine or re-usable tack and cold water. Make sure you have an adult's permission and supervision. This experiment is suitable for ages 5 and over. Watch on YouTube.

 


Tour of Earth

Monday 20 July.

Veronica from the Planetarium continues our #GSCAtHome Tour the Solar System series, with a look at our home planet, Earth. Veronica shares her three favourite things about the third rock from the Sun. Life, the Moon, and humans! What are your favourite things about the planet?

Did you know? 20 July is also the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing - when in 1969, humans first walked on the Moon!

This video is suitable for the whole family, but ideal for budding astronomers aged 7 and over. View on YouTube.


Tour of Venus

Friday 17 July.

Take a tour of Venus with Andrew from our Planetarium team! Andrew will be sharing some fascinating facts - for example, did you know that Venus is sometimes known as 'Earth's evil twin?' Suitable for all the family, but ideal for budding astronomers aged 7 and over. Watch on YouTube.


Huff and Puff

Wednesday 15 July.

It's around us all the time, we breathe it in and out, and we need it to survive - but what do you know about air? How can we use the wind to generate power and make things move? Amy is here to tell us all about it!

To make your very own wind-powered vehicle, you'll need: an empty egg box or small cardboard box, cardboard, tape, a cardboard sweetie tube, scissors, pencils, paper or card, blue tac or plasticine, pens/crayons/colouring pencils, a hole punch if you have one (but it's not essential), and a hairdryer or a fan. Please make sure you have adult permission and supervision. Suitable for the whole family. View on YouTube.


Stalactites

Monday 13 July.

In this episode of GSC at Home, we’re going to be putting our hard hats on, and delving deep into caves and caverns, as we talk about stalactites with James! Learn about what stalactites are and how they're formed.

To make your very own stalactite at home, you'll need: string, scissors, small objects for weighing down (weights, paperclips, etc), salt or any crystalline substance (baking soda, detergent powder), 2 identical glasses and a plate. Suitable for the whole family. View on YouTube.


Scale Model of the Solar System

Friday 10 July.

Space is big. Really, really big. Even our little corner of it – the solar system – is billions of miles across. Understanding such huge distances is tricky, and our brains aren’t very good at picturing what “billions of miles” looks like. In this video we’ll explore just how big the spaces between the planets are, compared to the size of the planets themselves. Using some household items that show the scale of different planets, in this video we'll be able to see just how vast our solar system is! View on YouTube.


Build Your Own Computer

Wednesday 8 July.

Computers are an integral part of our day to day lives, almost everything we own has a computer inside it! From our cars to our TVs, some of our favourite toys to our fridges - they've all got a computer inside them. In this episode of GSC At Home, James explains the different parts of a computer and what they do whilst building his very own LEGO computer! This video is suitable for all ages, but some of the concepts may be tougher for younger children to understand. View on YouTube.


Secret Message

Monday 6 July.

Secret agents have been around for thousands of years. Egyptian hieroglyphs show that Pharaohs employed people as secret agents! Secret agents use secret messages to pass on information they've gathered. In this episode of GSC At Home, you'll become a real life secret agent and learn how to send top secret messages! You'll need a bowl, a lemon, some cotton buds, white paper, an iron and adult to supervise and help you with the ironing. This video is suitable for all the family, but remember to ask an adult's permission and get them to do the ironing. Watch on YouTube.


Weekly Stargazing: The Summer Triangle

Friday 3 July.

Andrew is back with some stargazing tips, and this time we're learning about the Summer Triangle! The Summer Triangle is what we call "an asterism", a pattern of stars that are made from a larger constellation or constellations. The best time to see it is June, but you can find it in the sky after midnight from early May all the way into October. If you’re in a really dark night sky, the Summer Triangle is a great way to find our galaxy, the Milky Way. This video is suitable for all the family. View on YouTube.


Fingerprinting at Home

Wednesday 1 July.

Our fingerprints are so unique - there's no two sets the same! They're so unique they can be used to identify people, and are a vital part of forensic science. Learn how to make your own dusting powder to identify the fingerprints of someone at home! You'll need an old CD/DVD (or any object with a non porous surface), a big fluffy brush (a make up brush or paintbrush), cornflour, sellotape, scissors, and paper in a contrasting colour to your powder. This experiment is fun for all the family, but make sure you have an adult's permission and supervision. Watch on YouTube.


Make Your Own Volcano

Monday 29 June.

You asked for it - and it's finally time! Definitely one of our most requested videos: volcanoes! Why and how they erupt, what magma and lava are and how volcanoes can shape our landscape. We'll also show you step by step how to make your very own erupting volcano with a chemical reaction at home! You'll need: a table cover/something to protect surfaces, large piece of cardboard, plastic bottle, flour (for papier-mâché), salt, water, masking tape (or sellotape), scissors, various paints, paint brushes, white vinegar (or any kind), Bicarbonate of Soda, washing-up Liquid, food colouring. There's also a bonus experiment you can try to make an even BIGGER volcano - you'll need Diet Coke and Mentos. These are suitable for ages 7 and over and require adult permission and supervision. Watch on YouTube.


Constellation Creation

Friday 26 June.

What are constellations, where do we find them, and why do they exist? Andrew from our Planetarium team is here to help us find out! You can also create your very own constellation based on important events, stories or people in your own life! All you'll need is plain paper, a pen/pencil and a clear night sky. This video is suitable for the whole family. Watch on YouTube.


Animation Station

Wednesday 24 June.

Cartoons and animations are amazing - but how do they work? They use an optical illusion called persistence of vision! Let’s explore this effect further by looking at something called a zoetrope. You can even try this optical illusion for yourself at home by following along with us this morning, making your own thaumatrope and flip book. All you'll need is paper/card, coloured pens/pencils, glue stick, string, a small notebook or pad, and a stapler or a bulldog clip. This episode is suitable for ages 7 and over and parental supervision is required as there's some cutting with scissors involved. Watch on YouTube. 


Taste-A-Long

Monday 22 June.

What makes chillies so hot? Why do we still enjoy spicy things? Learn about tastes in this taste-a-long edition of GSC At Home! Your tongue can taste five flavours, sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. Your tongue is covered in receptors called tastebuds that send messages to your brain about what different foods taste like. Make sure you have an adult helping you with this to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the foods we’re trying - to join in what we're using is honey or jam, marmite or another yeast extract, a mild mustard, a chilli sauce, ready salted crisps, lemon juice and lemon rind. It's also a good idea to have a glass of water ready for when you’re ready for a new flavour. This video is suitable for the whole family, but with adult permission and supervision. Do not use foods that you are allergic or intolerant to them. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling. Watch on YouTube.


Make a Rainbow

Friday 19 June.

Using three simple ingredients, learn about supersaturated solutions and density - and make your very own rainbow in a glass! You'll need a glass or similar see through container, 4 glasses for creating solutions, spoons for mixing solutions, granulated sugar, tablespoon measure, food colouring and warm water. And don't forget to ask an adult for permission and supervision! This activity is suitable for 7+ with adult supervision. Watch on YouTube.


Apple Oxidation

Wednesday 17 June.

What is oxidation? Why is it important? And what's it got to do with apples? Sabah is here to answer all of your oxidation questions as we uncover the reason you might find brown apples in your lunch box! To take part in this experiment at home, all you'll need is cups, a plate, apple slices and different liquids you have at home. It's also a good idea to label the liquids. Sabah uses water, milk and lemon juice, but why not try out other liquids and see what happens? This experiment is fun for all the family. Watch on YouTube.


Make a Paper Plane

Monday 15 June. Discover the 4 main aerodynamic forces, design and test your own paper aeroplane with James! Making paper planes is a lot of fun. But did you know by studying paper planes, we can learn a lot about how real planes stay in the air? All you'll need is paper, scissors, straws, colouring pens, and space to test it out! Make sure you've got an adult's permission adult supervision as well. Check out the paper plane activity sheet here: https://bit.ly/make-a-paper-plane This activity is a fun make-and-play which is ideal for ages 7 and over. If you make a plane, share your results on our social media channels below - whilst we can't respond to every comment, we do love seeing and reading about how you get on with our #GSCAtHome activities. This video was supported by Boeing. View on YouTube.

Download the Paper Planes resource sheet here. 


Tour of the Dwarf Planets

Friday 12 June. Continue a tour of the solar system from the comfort of home with some awesome facts about dwarf planets! Katie from the planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre will be sharing loads of information about Ceres, Eris, Haumea and Makemake (NOT Pluto though - it's a dwarf planet that will likely get a #GSCAtHome video of its own in the future). Fun for all budding astronomers. View on YouTube.


Balancing Birds

Thursday 11 June.  Katie and some of the  #GSCAtHome team are talking about balance, with some experiments that you can do at home. Plus, you can try making your very own balancing bird toy. To try all the experiments you will need a broom (mop or similar), a coin, a measuring tape or ruler, some card, a pen, some scissors, and some paperclips or hairpins. You will need some adult permission and supervision. Family fun for ages 5 and over. View on YouTube.


Homemade Hovercrafts

Wednesday 10 June.  Here's Harriet for #GSCAtHome to talk through how a hovercraft works and shows us how to make one at home. To make a homemade hovercraft you will need a balloon, a clean juice/water bottle with a sports cap, glue (super glue or hot glue), gloves, and an old CD or DVD. Adult permission and supervision is required. Homemade hovercrafts is a fun make-and-play which is ideal for ages 7 and over. View on YouTube.


Density

Tuesday 9 June. Why do some things float and other things sink? Sabah is here to help us investigate density on #GSCAtHome with some simple kitchen demos you can try at home. To follow along at home and try for yourself, you will need two glass tumblers, tap water, an egg, salt (around 6 tablespoonfuls), an orange and some kitchen roll or towel for any spills. It's best to do this experiment on a flat surface, like a table. The density demos are ideal for ages 3 and over to explore. Make sure you have some adult permission and help. View on YouTube.


Design-A-Saurus

Monday 8 June. Roar-some fun for all the family with Sam and some dinosaurs! Find out about dinosaurs: the different types of dinosaurs that existed, and what we know about how dinosaurs lived and what they looked like. Use your knowledge to get creative and design your own dinosaur - you could draw one on some paper, make a model, or even construct a costume! We'd love to see your designs so please share them with us on our social media channels using #GSCAtHome. View on YouTube.


Colour Blindness in Dogs

Sunday 7 June. In the last of our #BigBiodiversityWeek specials, Sam is back with Penny the dog to explore vision in animals and how it is different from how humans see the world. Ideal for all the family. View on YouTube.


Plant Maze

Saturday 6 June. Plants are amazing! In this experiment, you will learn how to make a plant maze. Join Fergus to see how to germinate seeds in soil and find out how plants change shape to reach sunlight. You will need: plant seeds (sweet peas work well); a plant pot, soil, a cardboard box, scissors, and tape. Adult permission and supervision required. This experiment will take a couple of weeks to work, but you will start to see your plant grow through the maze within a week or so. It's worth the wait! Ideal for budding botanists aged 5 and over. View on YouTube.


Bug Count on #WorldEnvironmentDay

Friday 5 June. It's World Environment Day! Learn with Amy about the important jobs that minibeasts do for our planet and carry out your own bug count survey. You will need a notepad and pencil. A PDF download is available below with example tally tables to help count the minibeasts you spot. Adult permission and supervision required. Ideal for all the family. View on YouTube.

Download the GSC At Home - Bug Count Tally Tables PDF.


'Robyn and the Robin' by Glasgow Science Centre

Thursday 4 June. Not all scientists work in labs. Discover this and more in the sweet little story about a robin and a scientist introduced and read by Sam. You may want to have some pens, pencils or crayons, and some paper to draw on as you imagine what a scientist looks like. Ideal for all the family. View on YouTube.

A PDF version of 'Robyn and the Robin' is available to download for free. Additional resources on de-stereotyping stereotypes are available from the RAISE website.


Tremendous Turtles

Wednesday 3 June. Learn with Abi about the tremendous life of sea turtles and ocean biodiversity. Make your own origami turtle friend. You will need some paper and scissors to make the origami turtle. A PDF download will be available. Adult permission and supervision required. Ideal for all the family. View on YouTube.

Download the GSC At Home - Tremendous Turtles Origami PDF.


Snake-y Science

Tuesday 2 June. Meet and learn about two very different snakes, Amber and Archie. Aileen introduces us to Amber the corn snake who has just shed her skin. We can take a look at that and learn how and why snakes shed their skin differently to us. Sam will introduce us to Archie the royal python and point out the snake's vestigial legs. Ideal for all the family. View on YouTube.


Food Chain Tai Chi

Monday 1 June. Join Amy to explore food chains and what they are, as well as following a food chain and acting out the animals in a tai chi style. Ideal for all the family. View on YouTube.


Stargazing - The Spring Triangle

Friday 29 May. Discover how to find the asterism, the Spring Triangle in the night sky during the spring and summer months - even from the city! Andrew from the Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre is your astronomy guide in this stargazing special aimed at people who like to look up and wonder! View on YouTube.


Cake in a Cup

Thursday 28 May. Uncover the chemical reactions taking place around the home with Amy with the added bonus of making a scrumptious cake in a cup into the bargain! Learn what happens during a chemical reaction. You will need a mug; plain flour; baking powder; sugar; 1 x egg; milk; sunflower oil; optional - cocoa powder, chocolate chips, vanilla essence; a microwave; and some adult permission and supervision. Warning - the cup and cake will be hot after baking! Most suitable for ages 5 and over with adult help. View on YouTube.

N.B. This experiment uses milk, egg and your chosen flavourings. Although rare, in some people these foodstuffs may cause an allergic reaction.


Reversing Arrows

Wednesday 27 May. Light bending experiments today with Celine and the #GSCAtHome team exploring light refraction. Can you make an arrow appear to flip the direction it is pointing using just a glass of water? To follow along at home, you need a glass of cold water; a piece of paper and a pen, pencil, crayons, chalk or paint; a table; and some adult permission and supervision. Ideal for curious minds aged 5 years and over. View on YouTube.


Floor Three Fun

Tuesday 26 May. Are you missing the BodyWorks exhibition on Floor 3 of Glasgow Science Centre? So are we, so today let's try four fast and fun experiments you can do with your own body! Celine will talk you through the floor three fun with easy peasy demos to do called, "ring finger riddle", "silly words", "extra tendon" and "sausage finger". All you will need is you. Fun for all the family. View on YouTube.


Home-made Ice Cream

Monday 25 May. Chill-out and enjoy some cool and tasty kitchen science with CJ! Make your own delicious ice-cream with an understanding of how you can use an endothermic reaction to lower the freezing point of water. To try at home you will need: 250 ml of cream; 250ml of milk, preferably whole milk (vegan alternative is coconut milk); sugar; salt; ice cubes; 2 x Ziploc bags (1 x large and 1 x small); some flavourings (e.g. vanilla and chocolate chips); a bowl; a jug; a spoon; and a bowl. You will need some adult permission and supervision. The result will be a tasty treat to eat - especially on a hot, sunny day! Fun for all the family. View on YouTube.

N.B. This experiment uses milk and your chosen flavourings. Although rare, in some people these foodstuffs may cause an allergic reaction.


Stargazing - Finding Leo

Friday 22 May. Leo is a constellation that can be viewed from the city at night when the skies are clear. Andrew from the Planetarium team at Glasgow Science Centre will be taking us stargazing (from the comfort of your home) and telling us all about this wonderful spring and summer-time pattern of stars in the sky. Perfect for budding astronomers aged 5 and over. View on YouTube.


Fish In A Bowl

Thursday 21 May. Join Aileen to explore an amazing phenomenon called "after image" and discover how your eyes and brain work together to perceive colour. There are some simple visual demonstrations to participate in and try at home. To make your own you will need some paper or card and some coloured pens or pencils. Fun for all the family, ideal for ages 5 and over. View on YouTube.


Pennies and Corrosion

Wednesday 20 May. Corrosion is a natural process where materials like copper, zinc and iron are able to react chemically with their environment. Learn about corrosion through a really interesting experiment with some pennies and some cola. For this experiment you will need a shallow plate or bowl, some old corroded copper coins - the older the better, some cola, water and kitchen roll. You could optionally replace cola with lemon juice, or vinegar, or apple juice. The experiment will need to be left overnight to see results. You will need some adult permission and supervision. Ideal for ages 7 and over. View on YouTube.


Madagascan Hissing Cockroach Special

Tuesday 19 May. Since lockdown started our mini beasts have been getting well looked after in the homes of some of our staff. The Madagascan hissing cockroaches are incredible creatures that are being looked after by Aileen. Favourites with many visitors to Glasgow Science Centre, come and meet these invertebrates in this video update on how the animals are doing and learn more about them. Family fun for all wildlife enthusiasts. View on YouTube.


Classifying Galaxies

Monday 18 May. Natalie from the Planetarium team at Glasgow Science Centre is exploring what galaxies are, the different types of galaxies, and how you can help scientists to classify them from home through citizen science projects online to help better our understanding of the Universe. Ideal for astronomy fans aged 7 and over. View on YouTube.


Make Your Own Galaxy Spirals

Friday 15 May. In this workshop we are going to be making our own galaxy spiral which we can hang up around the home like a mobile. You will need some paper or card, craft supplies (pens, pencils, stickers, glue), string or thread, scissors, Blu tack, a pin, and some adult permission and supervision.

Andrew from The Planetarium team at Glasgow Science Centre will also teach you a little bit about galaxies themselves. It's International Day of Families - so why not join in with the whole household and make a supercluster of galaxies to share with us on social media using #GSCAtHome. View on YouTube.


Bubble-ology

Thursday 14 May. Explore the pop-tastic science of soap bubbles with Harriet! We'll be making a bubble blower and making some big bubbles - so lots of fun for everyone - you'll need a Tupperware tub (or similar), some paper, some washing up liquid, some baking powder, Sellotape, scissors and some adult permission and supervision. View on YouTube.


Ink Chromatography

Wednesday 13 May. Today we’re going to be talking about Chromatography; a process that will allow us to see the different colours hidden in black ink.

For this experiment you will need: a glass, a jug of water, a black felt tip pen, a paperclip or clothes peg, scissors, and some absorbent material like tissue paper or a coffee filter if you have one. You'll also need some adult permission and supervision. Ideal for ages 5 and over. View on YouTube.


Weird, Cool, or Gross? Animal Facts!

Tuesday 12 May. From "joy jumps" observed in rats to the heavyweight blows of mantis shrimps, we are sharing some gobsmacking facts about animals today with Sabah, Celine, CJ, Natalie and Katie. Tune in for some super-interesting things that you may not already know about animals and share your top wildlife facts with us on social media too using #GSCAtHome. Fun for all the family! View on YouTube.


Make Your Own Stellar-Scope

Monday 11 May. Constellations are groups of stars in the sky that make a recognisable pattern. Did you know there are 88 constellations all together and from Scotland we can see 56 of them throughout the year? Katie will be here to tell us more about these pictures and stories in the sky - and you can make your own stellar-scope to view them. You will need some cardboard tube (toilet or kitchen roll), some paper, a pin, scissors and Sellotape. Plus, optionally, you can download and print our Stellar-Scope constellations to use - or make your own. And you'll need some adult permission and supervision. Astronomy fun for all the family. View on YouTube.

Download Stellar-Scope constellations


Make Your Own Codebreaker

Friday 8 May. On the 75th anniversary of VE Day we pay tribute to the women of Bletchley Park, Alan Turing and the codebreakers who helped change the direction of World War II and rose to the challenge of cracking the 'uncrackable' Enigma code. You can learn more about their remarkable contribution in our Glasgow Times column on "The Enigma Machine: How To Break An Uncrackable Code".

In 2020, we need coders more than ever, to crack codes and to write them, as our world becomes more and more invested in digital technology. In today's #GSCAtHome you can learn more about cryptography and find out how to send and receive your very own secret messages. You will need some paper, a ruler, pens or pencils, scissors, and some adult permission and supervision. Most likely to appeal to over 7s. View on YouTube.


Coat Hanger Clanger

Thursday 7 May. Tune in for an entertaining exploration of how sound travels through different materials. You can try this out at home! You'll need some string, a sturdy ‘wire’ metal object like a coat hanger, whisk or the top of a grill from a cooker (minus the steak!). And a metal spoon. Be careful of any sharp or pointed edges - you'll need adult permission and supervision. Ideal for ages 5 and over. View on YouTube.


Straw Oboes

Wednesday 6 May. Strike the right note for a tuneful family activity! Learn about how sound travels, how we get different pitches and make your own straw oboe. To join in at home, you'll need some paper or plastic straws, some scissors, and adult permission and supervision. Ideal for ages 5 and over. View on YouTube.


The Monty Hall Problem

Tuesday 5 May. Probability has never been so much fun! Explore the ‘The Monty Hall problem’ with us - will you decide to 'stick or switch' when the odds of winning a prize change? The chances of this maths problem being a hit are stacked in your family's favour! For a further probability activity to try out afterwards you'll need a pack of playing cards. Fun for everyone with science and maths over 7s will enjoy! View on YouTube.


Make a Planisphere

Monday 4 May. What is a planisphere and why would we need one to look at the night sky? You'll see how you can make a planisphere with our handy planisphere print out. We will show you how to use the planisphere for backyard astronomy. You'll need the planisphere print out (download below), some scissors, blu tack, a split pin (or similar) and some adult permission and supervision. Most suitable for budding astronomers aged 7 and over. View on YouTube.

Download the planisphere print out.


Stargazing - Finding The North Star

Friday 1 May. Natalie from The Planetarium team is back to share some more brilliant stargazing tips. Learn how you can easily find the North Star and why that is so important to astronomers when they're gazing up into the starry night sky. Fun for all the family. View on YouTube.


Supercool Water

Thursday 30 April. Water - lovely, crisp, clear water! In this stunning demonstration, CJ will show you how you can amaze your friends and family with the awesome properties of water and change its state almost instantly from supercool to solid. Intrigued? You will be! If you'd like to try at home, you'll need: a bottle of distilled water, a freezer and some ice. You will need adult permission and supervision. Fun for all the family, with science over 5s will find fascinating. View on YouTube.


DNA Extraction from Strawberries

Wednesday 29 April. What is DNA? Where do you find it? In this experiment to try at home, Sabah will help you answer those questions and show you how you can extract strings of DNA from fruit. You'll need: a re-sealable plastic bag, strawberries/bananas (fresh or frozen), washing up liquid, water, plastic cups, a coffee filter or sieve, a clear spirit like white rum or vodka or gin that has been chilled in the freezer for at least 1 hour, a spoon or coffee stirrer. You will need adult permission and supervision. Aimed at over 7s. View on YouTube.


Hydrogen Rocket Launch

Tuesday 28 April. How do you get a rocket into space? Before lockdown, CJ talked us through how the space agencies do it. Using a hydrogen rocket - it's NOT one to try at home! - CJ will explore the explosive reaction and forces involved in this Science Show Theatre favourite. Fun for all the family with science over 7s will enjoy. View on YouTube.


Make a Pinhole Camera

Monday 27 April. Learn about what a pinhole camera is with Natalie from The Planetarium team. Discover how it works and make your own simple version at home. You'll need a cardboard tube, a smaller piece of cardboard, tinfoil, baking paper, a pin, sticky tape, scissors, blu tack, and some adult permission and help. Best suited to over 7s. View on YouTube.


Three Things About Saturn

Friday 24 April. By popular demand, we're heading back into space for a fascinating tour of Saturn. Natalie will be sharing three amazing facts about the ringed planet. Perfect for budding astronomers of all ages! View on YouTube.


Uncanny Motion

Thursday 23 April. More experiments for you to try at home as we explore Bernoulli’s Principle. We will investigate how the pressure in a fluid changes when the speed of its flow changes, in this case, air. You'll need some paper to make some straws and some empty tin cans. Or, you could try a hairdryer and a ping pong ball. Ideal for ages 5 and over. View on YouTube.


Earth Day - Flower Fun

Wednesday 22 April is Earth Day 2020 - so, we are looking at the importance of bees in the pollination of plants. Plus, you get to make your own flower - we can't wait to see them! You'll need some paper or card, pens, pencils or paints, some scissors, glue or tape, and some adult permission and supervision. Perfect for over 5s - though younger children will enjoy too with help from a grown-up. View on YouTube.


Newton's Three Laws of Motion

Tuesday 21 April. There are some science show theatre demos on Tuesday to explain Newton's Three Laws of Motion. Featuring a stunt tennis ball, stomp rockets and rocket balloons! Join us for some fantastic forces - it's fun for all the family, with science over 7s will love. View on YouTube.


The Mars Rover - The Rosalind Franklin

Monday 20 April. Learn about the European Space Agency's rover, The Rosalind Franklin that is due to be sent to the planet, Mars in 2022. Use your new knowledge of what makes a good rover to build your own model and share it with us on social media. You'll need some things from around the house like cardboard, paper, empty plastic trays, sellotape, glue, scissors and crayons, pens, pencils or paint. Make sure you've got permission and supervision from an adult. View on YouTube.


Stargazing - Identifying Objects

Friday 17 April. Natalie from The Planetarium team is here to help us identify interesting things in the nighttime sky - how to tell if what you are looking at is a star, a planet, a satellite, or something else. View on YouTube.


Soap and Pepper Demo

Thursday 16 April. It's the highly requested soap and pepper demonstration with a look at the surface tension of water and some of water's unusual properties. If you want to try at home, you'll need permission and supervision of an adult, a flat surface, a shallow bowl, some water, some soap or washing up liquid, some pepper, a towel, and some cooking oil. View on YouTube.


Proprioception

Wednesday 15 April. Can you tie your shoelaces without looking at your feet? Have you heard of the sense of proprioception? Proprioception is how your body knows which position it is in and how it is moving. Celine is here with some simple exercises to test how your brain works out what you are doing with your arms and legs. Aimed at over 5s, but fun for all to try. View on YouTube.


Spinning Forces

Tuesday 14 April. Filmed in our Science Show Theatre before lockdown, CJ shares the dizzying science of things that spin with some fab demonstrations including a bicycle wheel on a rope, and a cup of water sitting on a plate that has a string attached to it! Intrigued? Aimed at over 7s, but good fun to watch for all the family. View On YouTube.


Apollo 13: 50th Anniversary - Egg Drop Challenge

Monday 13 April. An egg-citing #GSCAtHome challenge for all the family that will require creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication! Apollo 13 was due to land on the Moon in April 1970, however, the lunar landing was aborted only two days into the mission due to a very serious fault on board. The astronauts had to make adjustments to their equipment using only what they could find on board to enable them to get back to Earth and land safely. For egg drop challenge, you will design a capsule that will bring your astronaut back down to Earth as safely as possible. Ideal for all the family to get involved. View on YouTube.


Eggstra-Strong

Friday 10 April. Eggs are amazing! They're egg-ceptionally strong and to demonstrate we'll be applying the pressure. Most likely to appeal to ages 5 and over. View on YouTube.


Make a Bird Feeder

Thursday 9 April. Join us in learning how we can make our very own bird feeders at home, how to safely do this, and then how to identify some of the birds you might see in your garden or around your home. You will need: lard (substitutes like vegetable or beef suet, peanut butter, almond butter mixed with flour can be used), seeds/nuts/raisins/sultanas/apples/bananas, string, a pencil, a clean yoghurt pot, a bowl and some adult supervision. Most likely to appeal to ages 5 and over. View On YouTube.

Download the 'How to make a bird feeder' instruction sheet.


How to Measure Acidity

Wednesday 8 April. Using some common household items, we'll show you how you can test to see if something is an acid or a base. This chemistry experiment must only be carried out with permission and under supervision of an adult. You will need: safety glasses and gloves, red cabbage, tomato sauce, bleach, vinegar, fizzy juice, water, a bowl, and some clear containers. It's most likely to appeal to over 13s. View on YouTube.

Our friends over at the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) have some great resources to accompany this video. Head over and check them out:

  • If you don't have a red cabbage - please don't rush out to try buy one - you can experiment online without the mess in this virtual pH scale simulator.
  • We also recommend this really good infographic from Compound Interest that'll let you compare colour changes with an indicator chart.

For teachers in particular, you may find the following RSC resources useful for the classroom (SSERC risk assessed):


The Hammer and Feather Drop

Tuesday 7 April. When dropped from the same height, at the same time, what will hit the ground first - a hammer or a feather? And why is that? Carla explores in a classic science show theatre demo that will appeal most to over 7s. View on YouTube.


Glorious Goo

Monday 6 April. Explore the properties of a non-Newtonian fluid and make your own glorious goo with us! This one can be messy, but is lots of fun! You'll need cornflour (or custard powder), some water, a bowl, spoon, food colouring (optional), and permission and supervision of an adult. Perfect for ages 3 and over, with science explanations over 7s will enjoy. View on YouTube.

Download the 'How to Make Glorious Goo' instruction sheet.


Meteorites

Friday 3 April. We head to The Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre to hear from Nina about some of the questions she's asked about space, get a close up of some meteorites and how you may be able to find your own if you're very lucky. Ideal for budding astronomer and space enthusiasts aged 7 and over. View on YouTube.


Vertical Rocket Launch

Thursday 2 April. A science show theatre demonstration of a vertical rocket launch - using similar principles to those used by the likes of ESA or NASA when launching many of their rockets into space. Ideal for ages 7 years and over. View on YouTube.


Make a Nebula In A Jar

Wednesday 1 April. A wonderful, and crafty, 'make-it-at-home' to try inspired by the birthplaces of stars - nebulae. To make your own, with some adult supervision, you'll need: small glass vial (or similar), cotton wool, coloured water (made with food colouring), and some glitter. Ideal for ages 7 and over, younger children will need a bit more help form an adult. View on YouTube.


The Mould Effect

Tuesday 31 March. A demonstration and explanation of a scientific phenomenon known as the Mould effect. If you're a skateboarder, you've got an advantage to already understanding some of the principles of the forces involved in this mesmerising phenomenon. Visually fun for all, the science bit is most likely to appeal to over 7s. View on YouTube.


Design a Planet

Monday 30 March. Get some paper, pens (crayons or paint) and your imaginations ready! Combine it with some science know-how and join our Planetarium team (Natalie and Veronica) to design a planet of your very own! Ideal for all the family to try, with over 3s likely to find it awesome fun! View on YouTube.


Three Things About Mars

Friday 27 March. The red planet is a fascinating place. Veronica from our Planetarium team will be sharing three things about Mars that are amazing. Suitable for all the family, but ideal for budding astronomers aged 7 and over. View on YouTube.


Elephant's Toothpaste

Thursday 26 March. It's one of our classic science show theatre demos and one that many viewers have requested. Ideal for all the family and with science that over 7s will enjoy. View on YouTube.


A Question of Perception

Wednesday 25 March. Your brain is amazing, but sometimes trying to make sense of the world about it can be tricky. Join our team for an exploration of how your senses can be fooled. Suitable for all the family, and with science over 7s will enjoy. View on YouTube.


Chain Reaction

Tuesday 24 March. Learn about nuclear fission, through our energy-packed 'chain reaction' exhibit from our Powering the Future exhibition. Suitable for all the family, ideal for ages 8 and over. View on YouTube.


Lava Lamps

Monday 23 March. We'll be showing you how you can make your very own lava lamp. Ideal for ages 7 and over, but can be done by younger children with adult supervision. View on YouTube.


Flashback - Spreading the Force

Sunday 22 March. Using our bed of nails, we'll be looking at spreading the force in this video from the GSC archives. Watch with all the family. View on YouTube.


Idea No59

Saturday 21 March. We'd like to share some of the science behind our new exhibit Idea No59, which was due to open this past week. Our team have worked so hard on this for the past 2 years and we can’t wait for you all to experience it when we re-open. View on YouTube.


The Spring Equinox

Friday 20 March 2020 was the day of the Spring Equinox. But what is an equinox? Natalie is here to tell us all about it. Most likely to appeal to ages 5-11, but we know everyone loves space, so really, anyone can enjoy it! View on YouTube.


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