Middle schoolers love science! These hands-on middle school science experiments can be completed in the classroom or at home, whether you’re exploring viscosity, density, liquids, solids, and so much more. Below you’ll find a great list of middle school science activities and experiments, including 7th grader science fair project ideas to get you started. 

COOL SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE

Are you looking for cool science experiments for kids that also offers a valuable opportunity to learn basic chemistry, physics, and earth science concepts? With simple ingredients and basic materials, your middle school students will have a blast with these easy science experiments.

You’ll find that just about every science experiment on the list below uses supplies you can easily find around the house or classroom or are quick and easy to pick up at the supermarket.

Mason jars, empty plastic bottles, baking soda, salt, vinegar, zip-top bags, rubber bands, glue, hydrogen peroxide, food coloring (always fun but optional), and various other common ingredients make science accessible to everyone!

Explore chemical reactions to simple machines, surface tension, gravity, buoyancy, and more with various science experiments, demonstrations, and activities.

For a comprehensive, printable guide to all of our amazing science experiments for middle school, including STEM projects, grab our 52 Science Projects and 52 STEM Projects Packs here

Also, download our free printable 12 Days of Science Challenge to get started!

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

Grab a pen and make a list! Everything you need for educational and fun science is right here.

At the end of this huge list, you’ll find more science resource guides such as vocabulary words, book choices, and information on the science process!

AIR FOILS

Make simple air foils and explore air resistance.

ALKA-SELTZER EXPERIMENT

What happens when you drop alka seltzer tablets into oil and water? This type of experiment explores both physics and chemistry. You can even look at the concept of emulsification while you’re at it.

Lava Lamp Experiment

ALKA SELTZER ROCKET

Get ready for some fun with this Alka Seltzer Rocket. Easy to set up and simple to do, it is chemistry in action!

APPLE BROWNING EXPERIMENT

How do you keep apples from turning brown? Do all apples turn brown at the same rate? Answer these burning apple science questions with an apple oxidation experiment.

ARCHIMEDES SCREW

Archimedes’ screw, is one of the earliest machines used for moving water from a lower area to a higher area. Make an Archimedes screw that uses cardboard and a water bottle to create a machine to move cereal!

BALLOON EXPERIMENT

Also try our soda balloon experiment.

BLUBBER EXPERIMENT

How do whales stay warm in very cold water? Test out how blubber works as an insulator with this fun science experiment.

BOTTLE ROCKET

There’s nothing better than a baking soda and vinegar reaction when it comes to science experiments, and it is great for a variety of ages including middle schoolers. While a bit messy, it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore mixtures, states of matter, and basic chemistry.

CABBAGE PH INDICATOR

Explore how re cabbage can be used to test liquids of varying acid levels. Depending on the pH of the liquid, the cabbage turns various shades of pink, purple, or green! It’s incredibly cool to watch, and kids love it!

CANDY EXPERIMENTS

Take a sweet treat and apply science to it. There are a variety of ways you can experiment and explore candy for physics fun!

Candy Experiments

CRUSHED CAN EXPERIMENT

Love exploding experiments?  YES!! Well here’s another one the kids are sure to love except this one is an imploding or collapsing experiment! Learn about atmospheric pressure with this incredible can crusher experiment.

DANCING CORN

Can you make corn dance? Explore a simple chemical reaction, with the addition of corn kernels. Also try it with raisins or cranberries!

DANCING SPRINKLES

Turn on your favorite tunes and make colorful sprinkles dance! Explore sound and vibrations when you try this fun dancing sprinkles experiment.

DIY COMPASS

Learn what a compass is and how a compass works, as you make your own homemade compass. All you need are a few simple materials to get started.

DNA EXTRACTION

Usually, you can’t see DNA except with a high-powered microscope. But with this strawberry DNA extraction experiment, you can get the DNA strands to release from their cells and bind together into a format that’s visible with the naked eye.

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EGG DROP EXPERIMENT

Take the egg drop challenge as you investigate what makes for the best shock absorber for dropping an egg without it breaking on impact.

EGG IN VINEGAR EXPERIMENT

Can you make an egg bounce? Find out with this chemical reaction, of an egg in vinegar.

ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE

Explore an exothermic chemical reaction with hydrogen peroxide and yeast.

DRY ERASE MARKER EXPERIMENT

Create a dry erase drawing and watch it float in water.

FLOATING RICE

Grab some rice and a bottle, and let’s find out what happens when you put a pencil in the mix!  Do you think you can lift a bottle of rice with a pencil? Try this fun friction experiment and find out.

Floating Rice

GREEN PENNIES EXPERIMENT

Why is the Statue of Liberty green? It’s a beautiful patina, but how does it happen? Explore the science in your own kitchen or classroom by making green pennies.

GROWING CRYSTALS

There are several ways to explore super saturated solutions and grow crystals. Featured below is the traditional growing borax crystals science experiment. However, you can also grow edible sugar crystals or check out how to grow salt crystals. All three chemistry experiments are cool for kids!

HEART MODEL

Use this heart model project for a hands-on approach to anatomy. You only need a few simple supplies and very little prep to make this fun heart pump model.

INVISIBLE INK

Write a message that no one else can see until the ink is revealed with your own invisible ink! Cool chemistry that’s perfect to do at home or in the classroom. Compare it with a different type of invisible ink with cranberry secret messages.

LIQUID DENSITY EXPERIMENT

Explore how some liquids are heavier or denser than others with this fun liquid density experiment.

LUNG MODEL

Learn how our amazing lungs work, and even a bit of physics with this easy balloon lung model. 

MAGIC MILK

The chemical reaction in this magic milk experiment is fun to watch and makes for great hands-on learning.

MELTING ICE EXPERIMENT

What makes ice melt faster? Investigate with a fun ice melting experiment that kids are sure to enjoy.

MENTOS AND COKE

Here’s another fizzing experiment kids are sure to love! All you need are Mentos and coke. It’s not a chemical reaction taking place like you might think.

MILK AND VINEGAR

Transform a couple of common kitchen ingredients into a moldable, durable piece of a plastic-like substance. Make plastic milk with a chemical reaction.

OIL SPILL EXPERIMENT

Apply science to the care and protection of the environment with this oil spill demonstration. Learn about what an oil spill is and investigate the best ways to clean them up.

PENNY BOAT CHALLENGE

Design a simple tin foil boat, and see how many pennies it can hold before it sinks.  How many pennies will it take to make your boat sink? Learn about simple physics while you test out your engineering skills.

Penny Boat Challenge

PEPPER AND SOAP EXPERIMENT

Sprinkle some pepper in water and make it dance across the surface. Explore surface tension of water when you try this pepper and soap experiment.

POP ROCKS AND SODA

Pop rocks is a fun candy to eat, and now you can turn it into an easy Pop Rocks science experiment.

POTATO OSMOSIS LAB

Explore what happens to potatoes when you put them in concentration salt water and then pure water.

RISING WATER EXPERIMENT

Place a burning candle in water and watch what happens to the water. Explore the science of burning candles when you try this fun candle experiment.

SALAD DRESSING

Yes, you can mix oil and vinegar together for the perfect salad dressing! It’s called emulsification. Simple science you can set up with ingredients found in your kitchen cupboards.

SALT WATER DENSITY EXPERIMENT

Investigate whether an egg will sink or float in salt water.

SKITTLES EXPERIMENT

Explore what happens to skittles candy in water and why the colors don’t mix.

SCREAMING BALLOON

This screaming balloon experiment is an awesome physics activity! Explore centripetal force or how objects travel a circular path with a few simple supplies.

SLIME

Grab the glue and make a classic chemistry demonstration. Slime is all about science and a must try at least one. If you want a 2 for1, our magnetic slime is just about the coolest thing you’ll ever play with… it’s alive (well, not really)!

STORMWATER RUNOFF

What happens to rain or melting snow when it can’t go into the ground? Set up an easy stormwater runoff model with your kids to explore what happens.

SURFACE TENSION EXPERIMENTS

Learn what the surface tension of water is and check out these cool surface tension experiments to try at home or in the classroom.

WALKING WATER

Watch the water travel as it makes a rainbow of color! How does it do that?

MORE HELPFUL SCIENCE RESOURCES

SCIENCE VOCABULARY

It is never too early to introduce some fantastic science words to kids. Get them started with a printable science vocabulary word list. You’re definitely going to want to incorporate these science terms into your next science lesson!

WHAT IS A SCIENTIST

Think like a scientist! Act like a scientist! Scientists, like you and me, are also curious about the world around them. Learn about the different types of scientists and what they do to increase their understanding of their specific area of interest. Read What Is A Scientist

SCIENCE PRACTICES

A new approach to teaching science is called the Best Science Practices. These eight science and engineering practices are less structured and allow for a more freeflowing approach to problem-solving and finding answers to questions. These skills are critical to developing future engineers, inventors, and scientists!

BONUS STEM PROJECTS FOR KIDS

STEM activities include science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As well as our kids science experiments we have lots of fun STEM activities for you to try. Check out these STEM ideas below…

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT PACK!

Looking to plan a science fair project, make a science fair board or just want an easy guide to set up your own science experiments?

Go ahead and grab this free printable science fair project pack to get started!