Off-Grid Phone Charger
Constructing this simple and inexpensive portable cellphone charger provides an introduction to soldering and electronics.
Practically, these units can be used for charging in regions of the world where grid electricity is not readily available.
Variable Index of Refraction
A sugar-water solution is used to create a liquid with a variable index of refraction. Participants learn about solutions, gradients, and refraction.
This demonstration provides a three-dimensional visualization of magnetic field lines using ferrofluid.
Eclipses: Earth-Moon-Sun Model
This demonstration uses a model of the earth-moon-sun system to explain why eclipses occur. This demo is useful for illustrating why total solar eclipses are rare.
Composition of the Universe
This demonstration briefly explains the history of the universe using jars and colored beads. The jars represent matter/objects and the beads represent the composition of those objects.
Construct a pinhole projector to introduce participants to the basic properties of light. This tool can then be used to view eclipses or other bright sources.