Carnival STEM (Awesome Summer Science Experiments)


Check in each week at Science Buddies this summer for our Awesome Summer Science Experiments series! Each week, we’ll highlight a few activities for awesome science and engineering kids can do at home. We’ve got a whole summer of fun STEM themes lined up for kids of all ages — for free. This week: big-top science with awesome summer science experiments that tap into the spirit of the local fair, amusement park, or carnival.

Pyramid of bottles with a ball being thrown at it - Carnival STEM Week 9 of Awesome Summer Science with Science Buddies

Awesome Carnival STEM

Ready for backyard, amusement park fun with science? Step right up! From carnival games to marble roller coasters, funhouse mirrors, and bottle flipping, this week’s Carnival STEM experiments bring the excitement home. Add in popcorn, homemade tickets, and some prizes scavenged from around the house for a fun summer carnival experience!

The activities in Week 9 of our Awesome Summer Science Experiments series feature STEM experiments that focus on the physics of balancing, mirrors and reflection, trajectory and momentum, centripetal force, and potential and kinetic energy.

Awesome Summer Science Experiments Week 9:
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Watch |
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WATCH: Videos

Explore Concave and Convex Mirrors– STEM Activity.

Marble Roller Coaster Science Project

Video: How to Balance Anything

SCIENCE KIT: Raspberry Pi Projects Kit

How steady are your hands? With the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit, kids can create and code their own interactive buzzer game and challenge friends and family to see who can complete the game fastest without triggering the buzzer! The Construct a Carnival Buzzer Game with a Raspberry Pi project is one of 8 guided activities kids can do with the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit. After finishing the progressive learning series of activities, kids can continue coding and creating interactive projects with Raspberry Pi using the drag-and-drop Scratch interface or move on to exploring Python.

Learn more about Science Buddies Kits and see our 7 Science Kits for Summer Science Experiments and Discovery recommendations.

ASK: Questions

Use these questions to prompt conversation and reflection about the science behind this week’s Awesome Summer Science Experiments activities:

  • What kinds of science jobs are involved in designing and building things like roller coasters or other amusement park rides?
  • How can physics help explain how different carnival games work?
  • What forces play a role in how a swinging amusement park ride works?
  • What types of energy can you observe in a roller coaster’s path from start to finish?


After trying this week’s summer science experiments, kids can learn more about related science and engineering careers, like:

READ: Books

Pair picture and story books like these with this week’s Awesome Summer Science Experiments explorations.

For more suggestions for science-themed summer reading, see our Summer Reading List. Also, don’t miss this roundup of creative STEM activities for storytelling and imaginative play.

Bookmark Awesome Summer Science Experiments Week 9: Carnival STEM

Curved mirror reflections, foam roller coaster with a loop, a bottle being tossed, a pyramid of bottles filled with water for a carnival game Carnival Science Week 9 - part of Awesome Summer Science Experiments series

10 Weeks of Awesome Summer Science Experiments

Follow the full summer series on the Awesome Summer Science Experiments page!

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