Backyard Science Adventures: Experimentation-Based Activities for Science Outreach

Many kids have experienced the classic Coke and Mentos science “experiment”, but few learn about how it actually works until later in their education. Backyard Science Adventures is an project launched by undergraduate researcher Emily Ruba to introduce young students to the scientific process using these types of classic science activities. This project will result in a compilation of fun science lessons that can be completed at home, increasing students’ exposure to science outside of the classroom. Each activity targets specific Next Generation Science Standards and imparts a lesson on topics including include biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, forensics, anatomy, and more. These activities can also be used in science outreach or in the classroom and will be made accessible for public use.

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Emily is a third-year student at the University of Iowa studying Biology and Anthropology with minors in Global Health Studies and Chemistry. She is currently conducting an honors research project in the Slusarski Lab using zebrafish to investigate candidate genes for vision defects. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and travel.