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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.


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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