Carnival Math

Although carnival games are designated games of skill, winners are usually determined by chance. In this carnival-style game, skills in arithmetic are required just to play… so in the game of math education, everybody is a winner!

Calculating Bones

When John Napier, a famous mathematician, invented his “Bones” or “Rods” in the early 17th century, modern calculating was born. With this simplified recreation, students can multiply large numbers quickly, with little effort and no electricity!

Brazil Nut Effect

Whenever a can of mixed nuts is opened, the brazil nuts tend to be on the top. This phenomenon seems counterintuitive, because the brazil nuts are more massive than the peanuts, cashews and other nuts in the can. How can this be?

Building Center

Building with foam pieces, blocks, and boxes will help young learners explore elements of design, construction, and the scientific process in an open-ended way!


Simple marble games can be a great introduction to the study of motion … or just a great way to spend an afternoon!

Breaking it Down

Students explore how organic materials break down and decompose in this lab experiment that investigates materials, environmental factors, and variables.

Camp or Bust

A journal for day or overnight camp


Students can build and manipulate these tiny catapults to learn about motion, the history of science and technology, and the scientific method.

Building Blocks

Wooden cubes can be used for a variety of building activities that develop spatial skills and mathematical reasoning. In this activity, students make a 3-dimensional shape using a given number of cubes.

Bug Pooter

Create a pooter, or “bug vac” to gently collect and study small creepy crawlies.

Cafe Wall Illusion

Illusions are wonderful student motivators! When people realize that sometimes they cannot believe their eyes, they often want to know why. It took scientists months of research and many experiments to figure out why this simple pattern of black and white tiles outside a cafe in Bristol looked like a bunch of wedges.

Break the Code

In this logic game, a player uses clues to help them break a hidden code in as few guesses as possible.