Backyard Science Experiments and Home Improvement

Scientific advancement is one of the fundamental building blocks of modern society. It is responsible for all of the technological aspects of the modern world, from electricity, electrical appliances, and computers to modern medicine. Even today's houses benefit from scientific advancements in areas such as physics, mathematics, and chemistry, which affect everything from the building materials that are involved in a house's construction to its architectural design. The marvels of science are responsible for the range of comforts that are provided in modern homes. This includes plumbing for sanitation, refrigeration for food preservation, and heating and air conditioning systems, which contribute to a home's suitability for living in the wide range of climates and weather conditions that can be found around the country.

The impact of science can even be seen in do-it-yourself projects that can easily be accomplished right in one's backyard. Often, the application of science to one's home improvement efforts is unintentional, although effective. In their efforts to make their homes more green, people may start with a simple outdoor project such as composting, which is useful for enriching the soil for vegetable or flower gardens. Composting is the natural breakdown of organic materials such as wood, paper, and certain food items, including eggshells and coffee grounds, by microorganisms that include fungi and bacteria and by more complex organisms such as worms and snails. People can involve their children in the process by working together to create a compost bin and by explaining the process that takes place to create compost.

Another DIY project for one's home is to build a small windmill to generate additional and renewable energy for the home. This works when the wind blows with enough force to turn the blades, which causes the turbine to produce energy. Although it may sound intimidating to some, putting up solar panels is another way to scientifically improve one's home by adding a renewable energy source. While solar panels are often installed by professionals for a hefty sum, there are kits available that make it possible for individuals to add a solar-electric power system by themselves.

A simple way to give children hands-on experience with science is to engage them in projects that use the same principles as some of the major DIY projects that their parents are taking on. One effective way to teach kids about the energy that comes from the sun is to help them create a solar oven that they can use to heat up an item of food. This project calls for supplies such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, black construction paper, and a pizza box. Instead of constructing a windmill, kids can construct a boat that is powered by the wind. Other outdoor science experiments or projects can teach kids about chemistry and physics. Children can learn about density by putting objects such as rocks or leaves into puddles to see whether they sink or float. Often, science experiments are as messy as they are fun, which is another reason why they are good for outdoor activities. For instance, some science experiments involve combining two or more materials that explode or result in fizzing when mixed.

Science Experiments

Science and DIY Projects for the Home




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