Spring has Sprung! – Outdoor Science Experiments

April 24, 2020

The following activities are created with science classrooms of all levels in mind and work best when paired with Britannica LaunchPacks. Contact your library staff to see if your institution already has access or claim your own Britannica LaunchPacks Free Trial.

For kids, Spring is a time for warm weather and outdoor play, but it can also be the perfect time for engaging in new learning opportunities! In the wake of COVID-19 many students are having to balance virtual learning at home. During this uncertain time, it’s important to keep students engaged with learning while also giving them time to unwind and destress outside. While the trees and flowers begin to bloom with the warm spring climate, students can take advantage of the beautiful weather and take their learning outdoors. If you are looking for ways to get outdoors while also learning about scientific concepts, look no further! These hands-on outdoor activities paired with Britannica LaunchPacks will help kids of all ages explore the world around them and use high-quality resources to support their understanding of scientific concepts. Using the informational scientific texts from LaunchPacks also allows for integration of reading skills into science content!

Solar Oven S’mores

Can the sun be used as a form of energy? Find out the answer to this question by creating your own solar oven. The best part is, you get tasty treats at the end! Use the LaunchPack Wind and Solar Power to support background knowledge of the sun as an energy source.

Create a Human Sundial

Why do our shadows move throughout the day? Learn about Earth’s rotation and time by creating your own Human Sundial. This simple experiment encourages students to learn about the movement of the Earth in the sky.

Remember, you can pair Britannica LaunchPacks with many other outdoor experiments! Make sure to ask your school’s librarian for your username and password.