If you are passionate about science and the scientific method, there is nothing stopping you from holding your own experiments at home.
Check out these three different projects you can do to keep learning about the world after you leave the classroom.
Establish a Bio Lab
Setting up a small biology lab takes relatively little work; just consider what sort of lab you want.
You could observe how bacteria react to unattended food within a closed container, to prevent any seepage of bad smells or attract flies.
You can then take pictures or otherwise record what sort of changes happen to the food on a weekly basis, and then analyze what molds appear.
Biology includes disciplines like zoology and botany.
- Take up bird-watching and try to identify which species frequent your area. You could also compare your data with the dates you noticed them to discern information like whether or not a species is in transit, native to the area or, in the rarest of cases, a brand new species.
- If you are more interested in botany, a simple garden offers plenty of options to learn about your small section of the world. A garden allows you to control and monitor plant growth by testing and manipulating soil pH while also offering you plenty of opportunities to encounter insects and other zoological phenomena.
If you’re into biology, you can obtain and catch specimens to examine later under a microscope, just be sure to have proper storage for them.
Biological material can often have different requirements when it comes to how they are best stored.
Set up a Telescope
Astronomy is the study of celestial bodies. Unfortunately, the human eye is horrible at being able to gauge all but the biggest of those bodies.
Grab a telescope and angle it in a spot of the sky that is not too highly saturated with light.
Then get a reference book or app and try to identify the various phenomena you encounter.
Turn Your Backyard into a Geology Course
You can go about your home and surrounding property and try to identify various rocks you discover.
You can also grab a spade or a shovel and dig up sections in your yard down to a specific depth.
On a related note, and despite paleontology’s status as a subsection of biology, you may even chance upon a fossil if you dig deep enough.
Science is all around you.
Whether you fancy yourself a biologist, a geologist or even an astronomer, your home and its surrounding grounds may very well yield a mother lode of data.
Go out there, set up whatever lab speaks to you, and engage in some science!Add to favorites