How To (DIY)

  • DIY: How to Make a Clown Face

    In this video, Big Apple Circus clown Glen Heroy advises students on the development of their own clown faces. He discusses the important of research, knowing your own face, and makeup to the creation of a clown face.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Five- Cent Battery

    In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, get step-by-step instructions on how to make a simple LED battery. Also see a demonstration of how a five-cent LED battery works.

    Grades: 5-12
  • ZOOM | Pitch: Making Guitars

    Vibrations are the basis for all sound. Controlling the frequency of sound-producing vibrations is the key to creating and playing musical instruments. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate how to make guitars out of boxes and rubber bands, as well as how the sounds these instruments make can be manipulated.

    Grades: K-5
  • Acids and Bases: Making a Film Canister Rocket

    In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate what happens when vinegar is added to baking soda inside a container. The resulting chemical reaction produces enough carbon dioxide to launch their paper rocket skyward.

    Grades: K-5
  • Design and Build a Tangle-Free Headphone Holder

    In this lesson, students follow the engineering design process to build a tool that stores headphones for a portable music listening device, such as an MP3 player, without the wires getting tangled. As they work through this process, students learn about the engineer's role in finding solutions to meet human needs.

    Grades: 5-8,13+
  • Design and Construct a Road Sign Support

    Students use simple materials to design, build, and test a model of a free-standing structure used to support overhead road signs.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Electric Circuits

    Students model, build, and draw diagrams of electric circuits and test the conductivity of a variety of materials.

    Grades: 3-8,13+
  • Solar Cooking

    Warming Up to the Properties of Solar Radiation and Its Uses in Our Homes

    Grades: 6-8
  • Kid Inventor: Tennis Ball Picker-Upper

    The tennis ball picker-upper featured in this video segment from ZOOM is a very simple yet clever invention. Its young inventor explains what inspired him to create it and then takes viewers step-by-step through its construction. The video effectively demonstrates many of the steps of the engineering design process: identify a problem, need, or want; brainstorm; design a solution; then build the device, test it, and refine it as needed.

    Grades: K-5
  • Making Rock Candy | Cyberchase

    In this video segment from Cyberchase, Bianca helps her friend make rock candy and discovers some interesting shapes. They also visit The Museum of Natural History and look at a variety of rocks and minerals, identifying and describing the many 2-D and 3-D shapes that are found in these specimens.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Air Power: Making a Hovercraft

    The hovercraft was originally developed to more efficiently transport passengers and freight over water and land. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members build a simple hovercraft. A balloon filled with air provides the airflow that lifts a plastic plate off the table, while cast members supply the push that propels the craft forward.

    Grades: K-8
  • Pitch: Water Trombone

    What can a drinking straw and a bottle full of water possibly tell us about how high and low notes are produced in musical instruments? In this segment adapted from ZOOM, a cast member demonstrates that the amount of air contained in an instrument determines the pitch of the sounds it makes. Try this for yourself! This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: K-5
  • Ice Cream

    In this video, watch as children experiment with a recipe that makes homemade ice-cream. Ice Cream is a hands-on science exploration for young children and their teachers, parents or caregivers.
    Grades: PreK-5
  • Sun-Baked Bricks

    In this video, explore how children make bricks out of molds of paper cartons, soil and ice-cube trays. Sun-Baked Bricks is a hands-on science exploration for young children and their teachers, parents or caregivers.
    Grades: PreK-5
  • Building Simple Machines: Plant Quencher

    How difficult can it be to water a plant? Pretty difficult when your objective is to build the most complicated machine possible to complete this simple task. In this video segment from ZOOM, Jillian demonstrates the use of ramps, wheels, pulleys, and other simple machines to construct her "plant quencher."

    Grades: 3-8
  • ZOOM | Making Recycled Paper

    Recent Environmental Protection Agency studies have shown that 0.9 metric tons of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 26,500 liters of water, 27 kilograms of pollution, 2.5 cubic meters of landfill space, and enough energy to power the average American home for six months. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members demonstrate how something that might otherwise be discarded, such as newspaper, can be recycled to create a functional or even beneficial new product.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Making a Seismometer

    For anyone who has never experienced an earthquake, it is very hard to imagine the ground moving beneath your feet. But that's exactly what happens when huge sections of Earth's crust crack or slip past one another. The results can range from nearly imperceptible to totally devastating. In this adapted video segment, ZOOM cast members demonstrate how to make a seismometer, the instrument scientists use to measure Earth's big and small vibrations.

    Grades: 3-8