Colorful STEM Projects for Summer Science Fun
Bring science to life this summer! Science projects that are bright, colorful, or light up can be fun choices for hands-on science at home—or for an independent science project.
Colorful Science Exploration
Are you planning science and engineering activities to do with your kids while they are home this summer? As you pick and choose, keep in mind that summer science may be most successful when it is fun!
Kids of all ages love science they can really see, and projects that are bright, colorful, or even light up can be perfect for hands-on science exploration at home—or for an independent science project.
With more than 1,100 projects and a special section of family science activities, Science Buddies has plenty of wonderful ideas for STEM you can do with your kids and know that the experience will be exciting, engaging, and colorful! Whether you are just starting out planning science to do at home or this is part of your family routine, choosing science you can "see" can be a great way to ease into summer science learning.
Colorful Science Project Suggestions
The list below contains some hand-picked suggestions for families looking for a colorful science project:
- Cabbage Chemistry
- Candy Chromatography: What Makes Those Colors?
- Colorful Chemistry Creations: Make Your Own Sun Print with Color and Sunlight!
- Explore Glow-in-the-Dark Water!
- Discover the Flaming Colors of Fireworks
- How Sweet It Is! Explore the Roles of Color and Sugar Content in Hummingbirds' Food Preferences.
- How to Make the Boldest, Brightest Tie-Dye!
- LED Dance Glove: Get the Party Started with Your Own Interactive Light Show
- M&M Survival Challenge
- Make a Milk Rainbow
- Make an Alka-Seltzer Powered Lava Lamp
- Make Tie-Dye T-shirts with Permanent Markers
- Make Your Own Markers
- Mixing Light to Make Colors
- Reveal the Red: Exploring the Chemistry of Red Flower Pigments
- Spinning Colors: How Do Primary Colors Combine to Make New Colors?
- Squishy Circuits Project 2: Add Even More Lights
- Suck It Up! How Water Moves Through Plants
- What Conflicting Mental Tasks Reveal About Thinking: The Stroop Effect
Expand the Learning
Students interested in science where color may be part of the experimental process, science question, observations, or results may also want to explore the following independent student projects:
- Analyze This! Make a Colorimeter to Measure the Concentration of Blue Dye in Various Liquids.
- Color Mixing with Red, Green, & Blue LEDs
- Column Chromatography: Can you Separate the Dyes in Grape Soda Using Space Sandâ„¢?
- Explore Optical Illusions: Build an Infinity Mirror
- LED Traffic Glove: Build a Safety Device to Direct Traffic
- Use an ArduinoTM to Control a Color-Changing Infinity Mirror *
- What Makes Candies So Colorful? Investigate How Gel Electrophoresis Unlocks the Color Code!
For additional reading and family science inspiration, see the following posts on the Science Buddies Blog:
- Colorful Sharpie Tie-Dye Science
- Green Candy Chemistry
- Wearable Electronics: Sewing an LED Patch
- Sewing Electronics: Wearables that Light Up
- Candy Color Chromatography