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Save a snowball from melting!

Save a snowball from melting!

Scientist and snowball enthusiast Mollie challenges you to experiment with saving snowballs (or ice cubes) from melting using different conditions and tools!

Experiment with size and scale!

Experiment with size and scale!

Do an experiment with Junior Scientists Vanessa and Jane to see if you and your friends or family can tell when something is larger than life! (This challenge produced with support from the HMS Dean’s Innovation Award for Diversity and Inclusion.)

Collect bugs with a Berlese funnel!

Collect bugs with a Berlese funnel!

Join Dr. Maria Mazin, an entomologist (a scientist who studies insects and their behavior), to learn how to make Berlese funnels and catch decomposers!

Test your sensitivity to temperature!

Test your sensitivity to temperature!

Join Junior Scientists Chosen and Jason to learn about special cells in your skin which respond to information from your environment. Then make your own experiment!

Make an egg swell or shrink!

Make an egg swell or shrink!

Junior Scientists Angelina and Mya invite you to an experiment where you can observe that effect at home with eggs in an EGGcellent study!

Create a phylogenetic tree!

Create a phylogenetic tree!

Join evolutionary biologist Chris to explore the science of relationships between animals and create your very own phylogenetic tree!

Make your own water filter!

Make your own water filter!

Join Junior Scientists Mya, CeCe, and Lue-Ann to experiment with hydrology (the study of Earth's water) and to learn about the science of groundwater and DIY filtration systems! (Note: this homemade filter does not make water safe to drink)

Make a musical instrument!

Make a musical instrument!

Learn with Junior Scientists Lauren and Rubie about the physics behind music and make your own musical instruments with things you already have at home!

See if music affects your gaming skills!

See if music affects your gaming skills!

Join Hazma and Ivy, BioBus’s Junior Scientists, in conducting an experiment on yourself (or your buddy) as you play a simple online game.

Make art with mushrooms!

Make art with mushrooms!

Join Marina, a mycophile (someone who loves to harvest, learn about and eat mushrooms) as she shows you where to find mushrooms and how to make art with their spores! Study and identify mushrooms while creating your very own spore print.

BLAST some proteins!

BLAST some proteins!

Neuroscientist Rosemary Puckett will show you how to compare proteins of different species using a tool called BLAST and investigate the interelatedness of all living things!

Engineer a paper bridge!

Engineer a paper bridge!

Dr. Rob, an engineer, challenges you to construct a bridge out of paper and conduct tests to see how strong you can make it!

Build a model water strider!

Build a model water strider!

Join Emily and Addeson, bioengineers (people who uses biology to inspire tools and designs) as they investigates how many living things use surface tension. Build your own device to experiment with surface tension yourself!

See your own DNA!

See your own DNA!

Join BioBus scientist Marina Delgado as she leads you through a protocol (or process) that allows you to see clumps of DNA from living things around you (or even from you!)

Create a kitchen ecosystem!

Create a kitchen ecosystem!

Join Colm, a biophysicist (a scientist who uses physics to study biology and visa versa), as he creates the perfect habitat for some very small organisms called yeast in a system we often call "sourdough starter."

Measure touch sensitivity!

Measure touch sensitivity!

Join neuroscientist Tessa Hirschfeld-Stoler to make calipers, or touch receptor detectors, and design an experiment to conduct in your home to learn how skin works!

Explore your sense of smell!

Explore your sense of smell!

Learn from Rosemary, a neuroscientist (a person who studies how our brains and nervous systems work!)

Set up a picnic for ants!

Set up a picnic for ants!

Join Christine, a biologist (a person who studies life) in hosting an ant picnic! Does changing what snacks you leave out for ants change what kinds of ants come? Learn what ants like to eat, and observe their behavior.

Collect bugs with a pitfall trap!

Collect bugs with a pitfall trap!

Join Junior scientist Kendra, a bug lover, and build your very own Pitfall Trap with materials you have at home, and study the bugs you catch!

Make a water-use diary!

Make a water-use diary!

Work with Mollie, a marine scientist (a person who studies the sea) to measure water flow in your house and do a calculation to find out how much water you use each day!

Preserve flowers forever!

Preserve flowers forever!

Join Marina and Li, urban ecologists (a person who studies the ecology of cities) as they collect, observe and preserve spring flowers!

Identify tree hazards!

Identify tree hazards!

Check out tree hazards with Rory and become a tree health inspector! Learn how to identify tree hazards and report them to NYC Parks and Recreation Department!

Study birds from your window!

Study birds from your window!

Join Ian, an ornithologist (a person who studies birds, their behavior and migration), as he shows us what birds like to eat, how to attract them and how to observe and identify them!

Grow edible plants!

Grow edible plants!

Collect vegetable scraps and join Marina, a biologist, in turning them into edible plants! Experiment with different plant types and track their growth.

Find out what bugs like!

Find out what bugs like!

Learn from Li, an entomologist (a scientist who studies insects and their behavior), how to build a research tool called a choice chamber that helps you investigate a creature's preferences. Then try running an experiment to test how living things make choices!

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