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Saturday Science – Home Edition (Spring 2021)

March 20, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

oin us this month for the return of Saturday Science: Home Edition! Just like in the fall, Saturday Science is back online, and we’re bringing the students in your life brand-new activity kits and the chance to learn neuroscience from real scientists—this time as part of Brain Awareness Week!


Saturday, March 20, 2-4pm


Saturday Science At-Home Zoom call

No registration required, but you can sign up for a reminder here!

How do I get a kit?

This season, we’ve collaborated with community centers to increase equitable access to our supplies. Many kits have been allocated to local classrooms, so check to see if your student’s school has received any!

We are also working with local libraries to distribute kits to those not connected to our educational partners. Check back here by March 12 to find out which libraries will have some available!

Lastly, for those unable to visit public locations due to health concerns, please fill out the form linked here to request a kit via mail. This option is available first-come first-serve for a very limited number of families.

What’s in each kit?

Each kit comes in a reusable drawstring bag and contains three engaging activities: Test Your Touch, Synapse Toss, and Sneaky Senses. They also include face masks, hand sanitizer, and a few other goodies! (Content is geared toward older elementary and middle school students, but learners of all ages are welcome.)

How are the activities completed?

Easy-to-follow instructions are included in each kit, but you’re also invited to our Saturday Science At-Home Zoom Day on Saturday, March 20, 2-4pm! On the day of the event, use a link on the top of this page to join a virtual Zoom call, where sets of instructors will demonstrate each activity and share more about their work as scientists!

Can’t make it to our remote event? We will also upload videos to this page that show just what to do! Check back after our Zoom Day to find those clips here, and follow along whenever works for you.

What should I do if I don’t get a kit?

We invite you to join us on our Zoom Day anyway! Our instructors can help your student complete each activity with items found around the house, and we promise they’ll still have a bunch of fun.

Here is a list of the items you’ll need:

  • Activity 1: Test Your Touch
  • Caliper (or two pencils, a ruler, and tape as a replacement)
  • Activity 2: Synapse Toss
  • Cups of various colors
  • Pom poms or beads to be tossed into the cups, matching colors if possible
  • Optional: tape to fasten the cups to a sheet of paper
  • Activity 3: Sneaky Senses
  • Jelly beans, fruit snacks, or any other snack with multiple flavors”

And you can find activity printouts here.


We hope to see you (virtually) soon!



Email us at programs@zi.columbia.edu.


Saturday Science is brought to you by Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute in partnership with BioBus and Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach, with support from the National Science Foundation‘s NeuroNex Award DBI-1707398, Apple Bank, and the Dana Foundation‘s Brain Awareness Week programming.


March 20
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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