Virtual Activity: Mason Jar Experiments

It’s time for Sizzlin’ Summer Virtual Activity #3! Virtual Activities are challenges for you to complete at home with whatever you have around your house! We’ll be giving you activities all summer long, so make sure to check back on our website every week for a new challenge!

Break out your lab coat because we’ve pulled together some science experiments just for you! All these projects can be done with items around your house! Once you complete your experiments, take a picture of your results and send them to Be sure to include the child’s name and if we have permission to post the picture on our socials.

You can download and print the entire summer schedule here.

Don’t forget about your reading logs! If our patrons collectively read 1,500 books, one lucky patron gets to throw a pie in Ms. Stephanie’s face! You can find more information on reading logs and the pie contest here.

Let’s do some experiments!

How Do Seeds Sprout?

Supplies: Zip-Lock Bag*, Paper Towel, Seed**, Water


  1. Put some water on the paper towel (make it damp, but not soaking wet). Fold the paper towel and put it in the bag.
  2. Put the seed in the bag so you can see it.
  3. Seal the bag. Put it in a sunny place like a window ledge or taped to a window or door that gets a lot of sunlight.
  4. Wait for a few days.


What happened to the seed? Write about what you see or draw a picture of what has happened to the seed.

*A jar or a clear cup can be used in place of the zip-lock bag. You will need to add soil to the cup. Place the seed in the cup along the outside edge so that it can be seen.

**You can stop in the library to pick up a seed if you need one.

Science Behind the Experiment

Will Water and Oil Mix?

Supplies: Jar with a Lid, Food Coloring, Oil, One Egg


  1. Fill the jar half full with water.
  2. Put a few drops of food coloring in the jar.
  3. Fill the rest of the jar with oil.
  4. Close the lid tightly and shake the jar.
  5. Set the jar down and watch what happens. Write down your results.
  6. Open the lid, and crack open an egg in the jar.
  7. Close the lid tightly and shake the jar.
  8. Set the jar down and watch what happens. Write down or draw your results.

Are the results the same or different from from the first time that you shook the jar? Why do you think that happened?

Science Behind the Experiment

How Do Trees Breathe?

Supplies: Freshly Picked Leaves From Plants or Trees, Clear Jars or Cups, Water


  1. Fill the jars or cups with water.
  2. Put the leaves in the jars or cups. Put some leaves face up and some face down.
  3. Put the jars in sunlight.
  4. Wait several hours.

Look at the surface of the leaves. What do you notice? Write about it or draw a picture.

Science Behind the Experiment

How Do We See?

Supplies: Jar or Clear Cup, Water, Colored Markers, Paper


  1. Fill the jar or cup with water.
  2. Use the markers to draw a horizontal row of colors in a rainbow on your paper.
  3. Place the paper behind the jar or cup. Move your head around the jar until you can get the rainbow to flip. That means the purple line will be on the left instead of the right.

Science Behind the Experiment

Capillary Action

Supplies: Paper Towels, 6 Jars or Clear Cups, Food Coloring


  1. Fill 3 jars full of water. Put red food coloring in the first jar, blue in the second, and yellow in the third.
  2. Put all six jars in a circle. Put one empty jar in between each full jar.
  3. Drape a paper towel between each empty jar and the full jar next to it. Make sure the paper towel is touching the water. Each jar should have two paper towels in it.
  4. Wait 24 hours.

What happened in each of the jars? Write down your observations or draw a picture.

Science Behind the Experiment

Want more experiments? We have a book for that!



STEM Open House


The Aurora Public Library District will be having a STEM Open House for children ages 8-12 years old on Friday July 26, 2019

Join us at the Aurora Public Library from 10:30-12  or at the Dillsboro Public Library from 1:30-3:00 pm

LittleBits Electronic Building kit


Scratch Jr. App for iPad


What exactly is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Makey Makey

Why is STEM important?

STEM boosts a child’s science literacy, helps improve a child’s critical thinking skills and helps students grasp a better understanding of math and science.  



At the STEM Open House children will use: Ozobots, Makey Makey, Scratch Jr on the iPad and build with the Little Bits Electronic Building Sets.  

No registration is required for this free event.  


Aliens: Escape From Earth

The Science Tellers will be presenting a show to the public at the Aurora City Park Pavilion on Wednesday July 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

Science Teller

The Science Tellers offer an interactive science & storytelling program.  They will be presenting the program

Aliens: Escape From Earth.

Show Description:

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star. Two kids venture out to investigate and soon find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Trapped by a crazy space scientist, the two kids must risk everything to rescue the aliens and help them… Escape from Earth! Throughout the intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will get to discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments and demonstrations with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, inertia, energy, explosions and so much more! Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure. It’s totally out of this world!

During this show Children will see chemical reactions, learn about Boyle’s law, how to make a rocket fly using ordinary household items, how to transfer energy and much more.  

This is a free event and there is no registration required.  

For more information about Science Tellers please visit their website.

Quantum Leap Shelfie Challenge

Explore the spirit of possibility and problem-solving with the Quantum Leap Shelfie Challenge, a program sponsored by Indiana Humanities. The goal is to bridge the humanities with science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine, which we can do simply by reading! Below are ten books about women and girls in science. If you read five books and tell Indiana Humanities what you thought, they will send you a $10 Amazon gift card to buy your next great read! For more information, follow the link to the Indiana Humanities website.

The Aurora Public Library District owns copies of:

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

You could also request copies of the next books through Interlibrary Loan:

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

Radioactive! How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winifred Conkling

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua

Wonder at the Edge of the World by Nicole Helgut

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

Happy Reading! Good luck!

Dome Theater


The Dome Theater will be back in town with an exciting selection of science shows. Bring the entire family to the Aurora Public Library on June 16th for this unique experience. Shows are open to all ages beginning at 11 AM through 5:30 PM, and will begin approximately every 30 minutes. From 6 to 7 PM, the Theater will be reserved for teens attending our Thursday evening program. The schedule is shown below, although we ask you to be flexible. Seating inside the dome is limited and if we have a large crowd, you may be asked to wait for a later show. Kids loved this the last time the theater was in town, so load up a carload of neighborhood kids and come down!

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The Dinosaur Prophecy: 11 AM and 2:30 PM

Into The Deep: 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM

TimeSpace: 12:00 PM and 3:30 PM

Fantasy Worlds: 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM

Future Moon: 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM

Habitat Earth: 1:30 PM and 5:00

Into the Deep: 6:00 PM (Teens only)

Sonic Vision: 6:30 PM (Teens only)

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