Chabot’s Learning Launchpad

The Chabot Space and Science Center’s Learning Launchpad has a great selection of self-guided (or parent-guided) activities for your kids. Get ready to explore and Chabot brings science to life with content created by their education team! Learn, create, engage, interact and get inspired!

Here are the activities they’ve got to choose from…

Colorful Cabbage
In this activity, learners will use cabbage juice to measure the pH of various food items and create a pH scale, making observations of each color-changing reaction.
After Dark Ultraviolet Light Investigation

Eye Patch Challenge
Pirates may have worn eye patches to cover up a gruesome scar or a lost eye. Or maybe they were just using them to improve their night vision. Complete the eye patch challenge and find out for yourself!

S’more Science
Make s’mores using waffle cones and ingredients at home! Predict and observe how the heat and insulation of the cooking process transforms their cone into a melty, gooey, snack. Then, enjoy the results! This activity is fit for learners of all ages.

Make A 3-D Orion Constellation
When we view the stars from earth, we are unable to perceive the varying distances. To the unaided eye, the distances appear to be the same, except they are not. In this activity, create a model that sheds a little light on the perspective. Your completed model will show the relative distances of the stars from earth.
Astronaut Training

How do astronauts train for space?
A big part of becoming an astronaut is staying physically fit and healthy! Over the next 5 days, complete all the exercise challenges listed in the guide and track your performance to see how astronauts keep in shape.

White Bread Challenge
How clean are your hands and other surfaces around the house? We all know the importance of thoroughly washing our hands, but how clean are our hands? How clean are these household and classroom items we touch multiple times a day?

Story Time with a Scientist: Aerospace Engineering
Enjoy this story about how birds, planes, and rockets fly then design your own rocket!

Build Your Own Rover
Complete the activities in this guide to research, design, build, and test your own rovers! Use the instructions on the following pages to guide your research and design process.

Start Your Moon Journal
Does the moon always look the same? How does it change over time? Use Chabot’s moon journal to track and observe our moon. Can you figure out how it changes?

Design A Moon Habitat For Your Pet
Imagine you and your family are visiting the moon. Your pet is coming too! What kind of habitat would you design for them?

Become a Meteorologist Kit
What’s the weather? Does it change over time? Observe and measure the weather in your area with our meteorologist notebook and DIY weather station instructions.

Observing Nature with iNaturalist
Be a citizen scientist! Join Science Educator and nature enthusiast, Sam Bell, on a hike to find and photograph plants and animals along the trail.

Seed Collection and Observation
In this activity, learners will extract seeds from produce in your garden or fridge for observation and analysis. They will collect data about the seeds and create a seed-bank art piece to prepare for space.

Bean Sprouting
In this activity, learners will investigate what plants need to survive by sprouting their own beans. They will make predictions, measure growth, and hypothesize how space conditions might be challenging for plant growth.

Color Transpiration
In this activity, learners will set up an experiment to investigate how plants absorb water and observe it over time. They will examine the different parts of a plant and make predictions about how it will move water throughout its body.

Leaf Observation and Printing
In this activity, learners will collect leaves from leafy greens in your garden or fridge for observation and analysis. They will collect data, determine their adaptations, and create a leaf print art piece.

Space Garden Engineering Challenge
In this activity, learners will design and build a garden habitat to grow plants in space. They will identify what challenges need to be overcome, design possible solutions, and build a model of their idea.

Plus more from friends and partners.

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