This coming Monday, the American Association for the Advancement of Science will be joining the annual White House Easter Egg Roll at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! This year's celebration marks the 137th anniversary of the Easter Egg Roll, and the 5th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign.
Along with Easter Egg Roll mainstays like the egg roll, egg hunt, and storytelling, AAAS volunteers will be running our "Sink or Float" science activity for kids. This hands-on demonstration challenges kids to examine properties of materials like weight, size, and density to learn how they do or don't affect the ability to float. Understanding floatation can be challenging for younger children, but a hands-on activity like this one can help illuminate an abstract scientific concept like this one.
A similar activity is easy to set up in your classroom or at home with resources from Science NetLinks. For grades K-2, check out Sink or Float?, and for grades 3-5 check out Does Soap Float?, Sink It, and Buoyant Boats. For middle grades interested in engineering boats, check out Ships 1: Give Me a Tall Ship, Ships 2: What Floats Your Boat?, and Ships 3: Grand Designs and Great Failures. Be sure to check out our White House Egg Roll collection as well.
If you were lucky enough to score tickets for this year's Easter Egg Roll, we'll see you there!
Video credit: Let's Move
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