Projects for Science Classes

A number of my projects would be useful in Science lessons, either as activities for students, or as demonstrations by educators.

How to plan and carry out a project or assignment style
This Instructable is aimed mainly at Middle and High School students who have been sent away to work independently on a project, but it could be adapted for use by other people. However, if your pro...
How to measure the speed of sound with two lumps of wood ... style
... a stop watch and a convenient wall.
How to make paper style
There are several Instructables about making paper from recycled fibres. That is a fine activity, and one which kept me gainfully employed for four years. When I worked in a papermill, even though we...
Basic Papermaking Equipment. style
People have been making paper for thousands of years, by hand or machine. Turning growing plants into useful paper is somewhere between precise science and a black art, and frequently involves stran...
How to survey breeding birds (UK) style
As well as being an absorbing hobby, birdwatching is also a source of important data about the environment. In the UK, it is very easy to get involved with surveying birds through the British Trust f...
How to Make a Boomerang (The Robot Returns with the Dark Kite) style
I'd never made a boomerang before, so I thought it was about time.This is two boomerang projects in one. The instructions for each are remarkable similar, and you can follow the differences in the no...
Using a Microcentrifuge. style
Centrifuges are common, useful tools in the modern laboratory, especially in the biology lab. I happened to acquire a small version (a microcentrifuge, or microfuge), and this is how I use it. Cavea...
Make a Boat Powered by Fire. style
There are many ways to power a boat - propellers, aquajets, sails, powerful fans, turbo-jets, rockets, and pulse-jets. There are few ways, though, as gentle and serene as the warmth of a candle.
Give your loved one a real
Several times every year, the sky falls in.Well, bits of it do - regular and predictable meteor showers happen all round the world, leaving burning trails across the sky as friction burns them away to...
The World's Loudest Party Popper - The Most Portable Film Cannister Cannon style
I first saw the Film Cannister Cannon over on SciToys. First CameronSS and then Kipkay both posted versions here, but this version is small enough to be pocket-sized, and usable as the world's loude...
Be a Scientist: map your skin style
Gently press a few slightly-spread fingertips into a friend's back, without telling them how many fingers you are using. Ask them how many fingers you're using, and chances are they will get it wrong...
Be a scientist: make your own force meter. style
Forces are the pushes and pulls of our universe. This neat little device can be built for almost nothing (I used plumbing off-cuts), but will let you measure pushes and pulls around you, as well as d...
Be a Scientist: Bottle Electricity. style
This is a quick-and-dirty method for making a Leyden Jar (an early form of capacitor) from my old friend, the 35mm film cannister.
Be an Aeronautical Scientist: Make your Own Jet Engine for a few Pennies. style
You can make a real jet engine for five minute's work and the price of a spoonful of meths - how cool is that?!? I doubt there's a better way to re-use all those jars under the sink. Much more fun t...
Missile Technology on the Cheap. style
Whoosh! The gleaming projectile hurtles towards the stars, trailing vapour and open mouths.Well, sort of.Rockets are popular. Big, powerful and, above all, expensive. Shuttle launches cost billions o...
How to Make Sherbet style
Make your own sherbet in a few minutes.
Be a Scientist: Build an Electrostatic Motor style
Normal motors are driven by electromagnetic forces. This motor needs no batteries, mains supply or solar cells. Electrostatic motors are turned by the kind of electricity generated by wearing nylon ...
Blow your own air-horn style
Most sports-fans are familiar with the extremely loud air-horns powered by a can of compressed air.This Instructable tells you how to make your own air-horn from common house-hold scraps.With a little...
Be a Scientist: Make your own thermometer style
About 300 years ago, Daniel Fahrenheit made and calibrated the first reliable thermometers. Some people* still use the scale he developed; the Fahrenheit Scale.*like Americans ;-)
Be a Romantic Scientist: Distill your own perfume oil. style
Perfume is often seen as a last-minute gift that requires little thought. But what if you made your own, unique scents?