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diy science experimentsScience is way too complicated, tiring, and can just be done in a lab, right?

Of course not. OK, science is indeed complicated and not always easy to grasp. But that actually makes it exciting since it offers a challenge. And finally, you’re already taking advantage of many reactions based on scientific research at your home. There is soap (a.k.a shampoo, detergent, dish liquid), the vapor-compression cycle (a.k.a refrigerator or freezer), and electricity (a.k.a electrical light, internet, electronic devices).

Here are the resources for 3 fun DIY science experiments that you can easily do at home.

1. Frozen Bubbles

soap bubble

The sad thing about soap bubbles is that they don’t last very long. Here is an idea how you can preserve them for a bit, at least if it’s cold enough outside.

First you need to create a beautiful soap bubble and then you need to keep it alive long enough for it to freeze. That can be done out in the cold or – if you have access to it – with the help of dry ice. If you have space in your freezer that might work as well.

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Bubbles

You’ll find everything about soap bubbles, how they work, why they shine in all colors of the rainbow, and the best recipes on this page.

Dry Ice Bubbles

At About.com you’ll learn how to best freeze your bubbles using liquid nitrogen.

Cold Bubbles

At HowStuffWorks they tell you how to do it with just cold weather.

2. Extract Your DNA

DNA strand

DNA is the hard drive of life. So much information is stored in such a simple structure and you have massive amounts of it in your body. Did you know that the total length of all the DNA in your body lined out to a single string would suffice to make 70 trips from the earth to the sun and back?

Instructions

This site has very simple instructions on how you can extract DNA from your cheeks. It doesn’t hurt – promise!

extract DNA

What this will not show you is a single string of DNA, not even several, at least you won’t be able to identify them as such. What you will see will be jelly like, maybe just a clump of it. But that is your precipitated DNA which was released from the nuclei of your own cells. As a control you can do the same procedure just with tap water that didn’t touch your mouth. The control should lack the jelly things.

If you find this experiment too simple with way too little details, check out the instructions for How to Extract DNA from Anything Living at the Genetic Science Learning Center of the University of Utah.

DNA

It’s the same principle of course, but the article provides more background information and requires more material.

3. Make Light with Fruit

lemon

Fruit is not only healthy, they can also be used to produce electricity and light. Don’t believe it? Well…

Fruit Battery

Again, About.com shows how it’s done. This requires a bit more than regular household articles. You’ll need not only some fruit, but also copper, zinc (e.g. nails) and a small light bulb.

If these experiments excite you, check out the following websites for more.

The Science Explorer

explore science

Science Toys

science toy

At Home Astronomy

astronomy

So what is your favorite DIY science experiment? What do you find fascinating in or about science?

Image credits: rometree, Zanastardust, clix, sardinelly

  1. Science
    February 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    This is so cool, but none of them is that intresting...i have a science fair this moth, nothing on this page is usful (to me, and my partner), but of course to others it awesome and quit useful, i just dont think we will get an a..

  2. TOMMIE
    January 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    YOU THERES ONE THAT WORKS ON NATURE.CA

  3. Maria del cielo
    January 7, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    o man...! this experiments are like no to well :S
    and i need a experiment of DNA for tomorrow!!!!! :S
    OMG~! and i don't know what to do! help me please!
    Thanks and i'm very Hot& yummy!!! ahahhaa bye give me ideas..:)

  4. Mike
    December 20, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Without a groovy science experiment, what is there to do today???

  5. Easton Anderson
    December 14, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    GUYS AND GIRLS YOU SHOUDENT SAY THAT BUT IT STILL STINKS!!!

  6. Sora
    November 18, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    .....I thought I typed "cool" science projects...mmmmm.... Yeah-and the fact that there are only 3 things on the whole page too is pretty sad. You sould like get out more or something -___-

    And is friut lighting up really science even?!! whf??!!?

  7. elizabeth torres
    November 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

    i seriously tought this was going to be cool but this is just shit!

  8. Jordan
    September 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    ok try this get a balloon blow it up and tie it put a piece of tape on it and stick a pin through the tape that is on the balloon does the balloon pop? answer on bottom no the balloon does not popat all answer

  9. baboon
    September 23, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    i think it's dumb

    • baboon
      September 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm

      hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  10. shanna banna
    August 4, 2009 at 2:10 am

    i think science rocks i'm doing a school project on science

  11. joseph
    July 17, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    i think science is a good idea

  12. jamar♥
    June 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    doode....wtf?! dis aint even science...it's juss a bunch a borin shizz tat aint even worth mii timee......a little suggestion; MAKE IT BETTA

  13. emma webb
    May 26, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I HATE SCIENCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • bdhsj
      August 25, 2009 at 4:24 am

      you should learn 2 love science

  14. maaddd
    May 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    BORING!

  15. elennaa
    April 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    not koooolll at alllll!

  16. maddi
    March 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    this is so boring. there are only 3 experiments. ughhhh

  17. j j
    March 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    this is not fun so and it isn't what i want so ... yeah and there only 3 stuff to do :(

  18. bre bre
    March 8, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    i would like to know how to get air into a ballon

    • vicster
      July 9, 2009 at 9:09 am

      you blow air into a littleart at the bottom

    • em
      October 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm

      that was so mature u little loser just have fun peace out em

  19. Mad Scientist
    January 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I thought these would be cool experiments... :(

    • Jacqueline
      January 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm

      ya me 2... i wanna know how to make a balloon explode

    • meeeeeee
      August 11, 2009 at 12:15 am

      coooooooooool

    • baboon
      September 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm

      don't say stuff like that i luv science juss cuz u don't like th expiriment

    • tristan
      October 12, 2009 at 1:10 pm

      that never really explained anything to n

    • ahhhhhhh
      November 5, 2009 at 9:26 pm

      UGh these are not so cool

    • Katelyn
      May 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      I know right!!!

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