When you think backyard, you think playing, relaxing and grilling, right? But this summer, think “testing hypotheses” too. We couldn’t think of a better area than your spacious, self-cleaning (thanks, rain!) yard to set up experiments all summer long. Flip through to find one to try!

The Long Hull

Turn your trusty kiddie pool into a hands-on lab where your swimmer-turned-scientist can experiment with density and hull design. A handcrafted aluminum foil boat will really get things floating in this “aha” moment experiment. Your kiddos will never look at a boat the same way!

photo: Shelley Massey

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Which one of these experiments looks fun to you? Leave your pick in a comment below. 

—Allison Sutcliffe