Sixth Grade Science Experiments and Activities That Will Wow Your Students

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Sixth Grade Science Experiments and Activities That Will Wow Your Students
School Aids, Inc, Elaine Swart

Balloon rockets, naked eggs, and apple wrecking balls … so many hands-on ways to learn!

Hands-on science is the best way to learn at any age. When you see concepts in action, you really understand them. These sixth grade science activities include experiments to try in the classroom as well as projects perfect for the next science fair. Bring on the science!

1. Code a room using LEGO bricks

Robotic vacuums navigate a maze to clean a room without hitting obstacles. This requires coding, and kids can learn more about it using LEGO bricks in this intro-to-coding project.

Learn more: ProLab/LEGO Coding

2. Build a Ferris wheel

Most of your students have probably ridden on a Ferris wheel, but can they build one themselves? Stock up on wood craft sticks and find out! Let them play around with different designs to see which one works best.

Learn more: Teachers Are Terrific and eHow

3. Make motorized tiny dancers

Build a homopolar motor to make little spinning wire dancers. It takes a little practice to get it right, but the instructions at the link below walk you through the process.

Learn more: Babble Dabble Do

4. Amplify your smartphone with basic supplies

No Bluetooth speaker? No problem! Build your own from paper cups and a toilet paper tube. This is a project that’s sure to amaze kids.

Learn more: The Mad House

5. See the effects of an oil spill

Learn why an oil spill is so devastating for wildlife and the ecosystem with this hands-on activity. Kids experiment to find the best way to clean up oil floating on water and rescue the animals affected by the spill.

Learn more: Kitchen Counter Chronicles

6. Send water traveling down a string

Explore the properties of cohesion and adhesion with this simple experiment using only water and cotton string. Expand the learning by trying the same experiment with different materials and liquids.

Learn more: Rookie Parenting

7. Grow your own geodes in eggshells

The magic of crystals never fails to amaze! Crystal experiments are a favorite way to teach about supersaturated solutions. In this one, they’ll wind up with an amazing eggshell geode to take home.

Learn more: The Scott Cottage

8. Engineer a cell phone stand

Your sixth grade science students will be thrilled when you let them use their phones in class! Challenge them to use their engineering skills and a small selection of items to design and build a cell phone stand.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Engineer Cell Phone Stand

9. Do the Archimedes squeeze

It sounds like a wild dance move, but this sixth grade science experiment helps kids understand Archimedes’ principle. All you really need is aluminum foil and a container of water.

Learn more: Science Buddies/Archimedes Squeeze

10. Levitate a Ping-Pong ball

Kids will get a kick out of this experiment, which is really all about Bernoulli’s principle. You only need plastic bottles, bendy straws, and Ping-Pong balls to make the science magic happen.

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy

11. Use a fidget spinner to understand inertia

Learning about the laws of motion? This experiment uses a fidget spinner with three lights to show how mass and torque affect inertia.

Learn more: From Engineer to Stay at Home Mom

12. Fire catapults to learn about trajectory

Sending stuffed animals flying in the name of science? Sixth grade students will be all over it! This simple catapult activity focuses on the trajectory of objects based on force and other factors.

Learn more: Education Possible

13. Build a heart pump model

Students gain a deeper understanding of the cardiovascular system when they construct a working model of a heart ventricle.

Learn more: Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

14. Study sound waves with a spoon

With just yarn and a metal spoon, learn how vibrations create sound, and explore the role of conductors.

Learn more: Edventures With Kids

15. Extract DNA from a strawberry

It’s surprisingly easy to pull a strand of DNA from this sweet fruit. Teach your kids about genetics and DNA with this sixth grade science project that uses only basic household supplies.

Learn more: Little Bins for Little Hands

16. Learn why leaves change color in the fall

As chlorophyll breaks down, other leaf colors appear. This experiment helps explain the process. It’s a really neat hands-on tool for teaching about photosynthesis.

Learn more: How Wee Learn

17. Drop parachutes to test air resistance

Use the scientific method to test different types of material and see which makes the most effective parachute. Your students also learn more about the physics behind air resistance.

Learn more:

18. Turn an apple into a wrecking ball

This engineering project explores concepts like potential and kinetic energy and Newton’s third law of motion. Kids will have fun building an apple wrecking ball to knock down marker pins, testing their devices for force and accuracy.

Learn more: Feel-Good Teaching

19. Clone some cabbage

Cloning isn’t just for horror movies or hi-tech labs. A leaf of cabbage can easily grow a clone of itself. Students learn about asexual reproduction in this easy sixth grade science project.

Learn more: Clones

20. Clean up some old coins

Use common household items to make old oxidized coins clean and shiny again in this simple chemistry experiment. Ask students to predict (hypothesize) which will work best and then do some research to explain the results.

Learn more: Gallykids

21. Build optical excitement with a camera obscura

A camera obscura is a fun and interesting optical trick that your students can easily create using empty coffee cans. It is sure to impress both you and your students.

Learn more: Babble Dabble Do

22. Try out triboluminescence

Bioluminescence might be a familiar term to your students, but have they heard of triboluminescence? Wint-o-Green Life Savers and a dark room will have your students thinking they’re making magic just by chewing on a tasty treat!

Learn more: ThoughtCo.

23. Perform a popping candy test

Popping candy is a fun and exciting treat, but do your sixth graders know why it pops when they put it in their mouths? Try out different substances to test why popping candy “pops” in this tasty experiment.

Learn more: Science Sparks

Sixth Grade Science Experiments and Activities That Will Wow Your Students
School Aids, Inc, Elaine Swart February 27, 2023
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