Virtual Family Science Night

This website contains a collection of activities designed by students and faculty at Edgewood College. Our original goal was to present science activities at the annual Family Science Night, but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We've converted our activities into lessons that can be done at home. Hope you enjoy!

Edgewood College's Office of Science Outreach

Click on the link above to see the Office of Science Outreach's YouTube channel. These are easy science activities that can be done at home with materials you have around the house. 

The one shown at right is on rock classification. But many others are available on their YouTube channel. Enjoy!

Viruses and Bacteria: What's the difference?

What is the difference between a virus and a bacterium? How can this help us understand coronavirus? In this activity, you'll build a model of a  virus and a bacterium using play-doh!

Virus vs. Bacteria Trivia Game

Play-doh Virus & Bacteria Activity Instructions

To the Cosmos and Beyond!

Step outside tonight and look up!  What do you see? Planets, stars, or the moon?  Grab our template, a blanket, and your curiosity as we explore the night sky with a Scavenger Hunt!  Click the video link to join our friend, Kaelan to begin our adventure! 

Activity Instructions

Star Bingo Card

Did you know that Edgewood has a 22" Dobsonian Telescope? We host public observing nights at the Ernest Hupenden Painted Forest (near Reedsburg). Check out the Edgewood College Astronomy Outreach facebook page for details.

Reach for the Stars

Why are some stars red while others get to be blue? Do they get to choose? And why are some stars so much bigger than others? In this activity, we’ll explore the properties and life cycles of all sorts of stars and be able to classify them by their size and color. We’ll then go on a scavenger hunt to find “different types of stars” in your own house!

Activity Instructions

Star Scavenger Hunt

Water Movement & Flooding

When water hits the ground, it gets absorb by trees and soils depending on its porosity and permeability. But when it rains too much like it did in Madison, WI last year, then it can cause flooding which can to be a problem to our community. Flooding can flood streets and homes, disrupt agriculture site while also carry chemical that are used for agriculture into low level of water reservoir affecting the live of species and people depending on it. In this activity, you'll more about why it floods in springtime.

 

Flood Activity Instructions

Activity Video (YouTube)

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

It’s been a very long day on Sesame Street, and the Cookie Monster can’t wait to get home to gobble up all of his cookies! But to his surprise, when he gets home… his cookie jar is completely empty. Not even a single crumb. As you can imagine, our dear friend the Cookie Monster is pretty upset… and pretty puzzled! Until he noticed a fingerprint on the lid of his empty jar. Can YOU be a crime-fighter and help the Cookie Monster figure out who stole his scrumptious sweet snacks?

Activity Instructions

Suspect Files

Stop! Did You Wash Your Hands?

Through this activity we will be teaching kids and parents the importance of washing your hands and how to properly wash your hands. It starts by getting very dirty...

 

Hand Washing Activity Instructions

Rocket Launch!

Video Podcast

Learn about how to launch a satellite into orbit using the Kerbel Space Program video game.

Audience: Kids age 10-15

Project Nutrition

Video Podcast

Erika shares how to practice healthy eating while in college or living on a budget, and explain why nutrition is important for students.

 

Audience: College Students

Life & Death of a Star

Video Podcast

 

​In this video podcast, we discuss the life cycle of stars and learn why studying stellar evolution is important to understanding the nature of our universe.

 

Audience: High school and up

 

Blog Posts

Let's Talk About Next Semester

College student Gill Schultz explores the pros and cons of opening up campus in the Fall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Audience: college students

What's Behind the Three Different Colors of Labrador Retrievers?

In this blog post, you will learn about the genetics behind Labrador Retriever coat colors and why there is some controversy surrounding ‘new’ Labrador colors like silver and charcoal.

Audience: Teens+

 

Why Social Distancing is Important

In this blog, you will learn why social distancing is so important with the COVID-19 pandemic and the difference that it can make in the long run.

Audience: older teenagers & college students

How the Brain Controls Our Water Intake

This article talks about how our brain is able to control how much water we put into our body and how it signals us when we need more.

Audience: the public and anyone who wants to learn about the brain. 

Where does all the food waste go?

​In this podcast, you will learn about what happens to the food waste that we throw into garbage and how it is affecting our environment.

Audience: older than 15 years old

How do plants rely on animals?

Learn how plants and animals work together to spread seeds.

Why You Should Not Be Afraid of Essential Procedures during COVID

In this blog post you will learn about why you should delay your essential procedures during COVID-19 Quarantine.

Audience: Adults of all ages

Science Behind the Webpage

Learn some of the computer science required to build a webpage.