IBM Family Science Saturdays - All Handouts and Worksheets

Class Handouts

Below are links to handouts given at the end of all six Family Science Saturdays classes. We encourage you to read the handouts to learn more about each experiment and we hope you repeat and further explore many of them at home with your siblings and friends or at school with your classmates. Many of the experiments also make great party tricks, hint hint. Please feel free to make copies of these handouts / worksheets or distribute them electronically.

Kitchen Chemistry

  • Kitchen Chemistry Handout

  • Polymer Science Handout

    States of Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • States of Matter Handout

    Waves, Sound & Light
  • Waves, Sound & Light Handout (best printed in color, double-sided)

    Make-your-own Bottle Music

    Make-your-own 3-D Glasses

    Introduction to Digital Electronics
  • Introduction to Electronics Handout

  • Introduction to Electronics Adder Function Handout

    Introduction to Algorithms
  • Introduction to Algorithms Handout

    Pre-class Demos:

    Introduction to Programming: SCRATCH

    We used to offer Scratch Programming as one of our two-and-a-half-hour class. Since access to computer has become commonplace, we showed you a brief tutorial of this wonderful program as a pre-class demo and encouraged you to learn this material on your own instead. We think Scratch is a pretty cool way to learn the basics of programming and we hope you do too. The handout below has all the information to get you started. Please check SCRATCH out at Scratch Programming at MIT and start programming!

  • Scratch Programming Handout

    Getting to know your Periodic Table of Elements:

    How well do you know the chemical elements that EVERYTHIGN in this world is made of? Start your exploration of the Periodic Table of Elements with this really cool, kid- (and adult)-friendly rendition of the famous Table no scientist can go without: The Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures.

    We think it is the best one out there for any age. Put one on your wall or your dinner table. (Eat and learn? Why not!)

    Unfamiliar with the name of the elements? Here’s a fun way to learn them: sign them as a song. Have you heard of the Elements Song by Tom Lehrer?

    There are several good YouTube videos to help learn this song. ‘Tom Lehrer's "The Elements” animated’ by TimwiTerby (Aug 19, 08) is particularly educational. Also, check out a video of Daniel Radcliffe (the actor who played Harry Potter) reciting this song as a party trick. He was quite good at it! With a day or two of practice, you can be too!


    Here’s the lyrics of the song, with some annotations to help with the pronunciation and to make things easier to memorize.

  • The Elements Song by Tom Lehrer (Lyrics with pronunciation guide)

    Now practice what you learn with this blank worksheet of the periodic table:

  • Blank Periodic Table Worksheet

    Again, please feel free to make copies of these handouts / worksheets or distribute them electronically.

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