Beaty@Home Live: Experiment-Along

Rainbow lorikeet eating nectar from a red flowering gum tree

Rainbow lorikeet eating nectar from a red flowering gum tree © Shutterstock / Jun Zhang / WWF

It’s an experiment-along for ages 4 and up! Can a cup of water, a paper towel, and a pen help us understand DNA research and nature’s colours better? Let’s gather a few simple household materials to run some fun and simple experiments together and see! We will use a technique called chromatography and we’ll talk a bit about colours in plants and animals, DNA sequencing techniques to study the variety of life, and even Covid-19.

You’ll need:

  • Any non-permanent felt markers (especially brown and black)
  • Paper towels and/or paper coffee filters
  • Small glass or cup (a short, clear glass is better but any will work!)
  • Water
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Optional supplies: ruler, tapeSupplies for the experiment along: coffee filter, paper towel, scissors, cup, markers, pencil, ruler, tape, water.

This activity with our interpreters is recommended for ages 4 and up with the support of an adult. You’ll have opportunity to ask questions if you join us live!

Join all of the Beaty@Home sessions from anywhere around the world. All you need is an internet connection. You can join us on Zoom or on Facebook live! You can also call in over telephone, simply register below for the Zoom link and the list of numbers.

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