LSC in the House

Welcome to LSC in the House, the place where home scientists can conduct experiments, explore the world of LSC’s animals, find amazing movies to watch, and get inspired about science and technology without ever leaving the living room. Check out all the fun at the links below, and be sure to come back often. We will update our experiences regularly while so many of us are sticking close to home.

Please also consider a donation to the LSC Sustainability Fund to assist us in the care of our animals and to support STEM learning for today's students—our future scientists, engineers, and innovators.

We want to hear from you and see how you're keeping science fun a part of your daily routine! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and send us a message.

Check out our Facebook live streams! Join us Mondays at 11:30 AM for LSC Junior live streams, Tuesdays at 1 PM for Live From Surgery medical presentations, Wednesdays at 11 AM for LSC's Animal Updates, Thursdays at 1 PM for Planetarium Online presentations, Thursdays at 6 PM for Virtual Science Trivia, and Fridays at 11:30 AM for Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families.

Upcoming Facebook Live Streams:

Wednesday, May 27, 11:00 AMLSC's Animal Update
Thursday, May 28, 1:00 PMPlanetarium Online: Tour of the June Sky
Thursday, May 28, 6:00 PMVirtual Science Trivia
Friday, May 29, 11:30 AMVirtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families

Meet LSC's Animals

NEW! Join Us LIVE for LSC's Animal Update, May 27 at 11 AM

Follow along as we visit the naked mole rats, tortoises, leaf-cutter ants, and animal ambassadors that call LSC home

LSC's Animal Update: May 20, 2020

Follow along as we visit the jungle carpet python, bearded dragon, brown rat, and the rest of the animal ambassadors that call LSC home

LSC's Animal Update: May 13, 2020

This week, we’re taking a visit to Our Hudson Home to say hi to the fish and other aquatic ambassadors that call the Science Center home

LSC's Animal Update: May 6, 2020

Follow an LSC team member as we visit the box turtle, American toad, cotton-top tamarin monkeys, green-winged macaw, and the rest of the animal ambassadors that call LSC home

LSC's Animal Update: April 29, 2020

Follow along as we visit the tegu, degus, African forest scorpion, and green-winged macaw

Meet LSC's Animals: Black Spot Piranhas

It’s feeding time for our Black Spot Piranhas! In this new video, watch as they use their serrated teeth to quickly slice and chew their food

LSC's Animal Update: April 22, 2020

Follow along as we visit the African pygmy hedgehog, chinchilla, red-tailed boa constrictor, and green-winged macaw

Meet LSC's Animals: Calabar Python

Calabar Pythons have skin that is tougher to penetrate than any other snake of their size

LSC's Animal Update: April 15, 2020

Follow along as we visit the cotton-top tamarin monkeys, naked mole rats, black spot piranhas, and the rest of the animal ambassadors that call LSC home

Meet LSC's Animals: Frilled Lizard & Bearded Dragon

Both of these species come from Australia and have special adaptations with their necks

Bees to Bots: Experience the exhibition online!

Enjoy a digital version of our Bees to Bots exhibition while LSC is closed

Watch the naked mole rats via our 360° camera

They're so strange and so much fun to watch!

Meet the residents of Our Hudson Home

From black drum fish to diamondback terrapins to horseshoe crabs and beyond

Learn basic sign language via LSC's Tamarin Talk video

How do you say "cotton-top tamarin monkey" in American Sign Language?

How LSC collects animals for Our Hudson Home

Join LSC team members as they visit Sandy Hook to collect new animals

Tam Cam & Naked Mole Rat Live Stream

Check on the cotton-top tamarin monkeys and naked mole rats via live streams!

How to take care of the animals in Our Hudson Home

Join our aquarist as he feeds the animals, cleans the tanks, and more!

Planetarium Online

NEW! Join Us LIVE for Tour of the June Sky! May 28 at 1 PM

June has the shortest nights but some of the best weather for stargazing. Follow along with our LIVE planetarium presenter as we explore the constellations and deep sky objects of the summer sky

Five Planets in One Night!

We’ll show you how to find Venus and the elusive Mercury at dusk, then spot Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter in the early morning

Fly to the Edge of the Universe

Follow along with our LIVE planetarium educator as we fly all the way from Earth out to the edge of the observable universe

All About Pluto

Follow along with an LSC planetarium educator as we talk all about everyone’s favorite underdog story: the dwarf planet Pluto!

The Supermoon Show

What is a supermoon? Join our live planetarium educator to learn why the moon, on this evening, is bigger and brighter than a regular full moon

All About the May Sky

Follow along with an LSC planetarium educator for an exploration of the May night sky

All About Exoplanets

Follow along with our planetarium educator as we explore humanity's search for planets outside our solar system

Visit to a Black Hole

See a black hole up close and celebrate the anniversary of the very first picture of a black hole

Tour of the Evening Sky

Discover how to spot the brightest planet in the sky, Venus, then visit Orion, Canis Major, Betelgeuse, and beyond

Tour of the Morning Planets

Join an LSC planetarium presenter on a journey through Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn, and learn how to find them in the sky

360° Video: Fly Through the Virgo Cluster

In our 360° video, you’ll learn more about this amazing cluster of galaxies, each with its own group of billions of stars and planets

Live From Surgery

Sheep Brain Dissection

How does your amazing brain actually work? Follow along as we dissect a sheep brain and learn how it's similar to a human brain

All About Bones

Why do we have bones? What are they made of, and what happens when they break? Follow along during our presentation

Sheep Heart Dissection

Sheep have a four-chambered heart, just like humans. By studying the sheep’s anatomy, you can learn how your own heart pumps blood through your body!

3D Printed Prosthetics

Join the Live From Surgery Team for a presentation on how 3D printed prosthetics are changing the face of medicine

Celebrating National Donate Life Month

Follow along with LSC’s Live From Surgery Team as we interview a representative from the NJ Sharing Network and two special guests with personal donor experience

Cow Eye Dissection

Follow along as we explore what is inside our eyes and how they work

Cardiac Classroom, Risk Factors

Join us as we show footage of several common cardiovascular procedures and help the audience better understand heart health

Watch a Kidney Transplant

See the procedure in all its intricate detail, and watch as doctors remove the kidney from a living donor, prepare the kidney, and transplant it into its recipient

LSC Junior Live Streams

Story Time with Mr. Kengo: Jessica's X-Ray

Kids in Pre-K – grade 2 are invited to follow along as Mr. Kengo reads aloud from the picture book, “Jessica’s X-Ray"

Pollinators: Honey Bees

In this experiment for young learners, we’ll explore the work of honey bees by designing a pollination device that works just as hard as a busy bee

Shooting Hoops

In this live stream activity for kids, viewers will make a simple catapult to observe how a force is a push or a pull

Flower Power

Follow along with Mr. Kengo as we make a flower model to observe how water is able to travel through a flower to help it grow

Mr. Kengo's Maple Seed Models

Join Mr. Kengo as you create your very own maple seed model, and explore how the maple seed has a special way of getting the space it needs to grow and survive

Virtual Trivia

Virtual Science Trivia! Thursdays at 6 PM EDT

You’re invited to compete in LSC's NEW weekly trivia games! Join your quizmaster live on LSC's Facebook page

Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families! Fridays at 11:30 AM EDT

Kids and families are invited to compete in LSC's NEW weekly trivia games for younger competitors

Experiments to Try at Home

Slime Time

Investigate whether slime is a solid or a liquid in this experiment to explore observable properties (Grades: 2 and up)

Coriolis Balloons

In this experiment, we explore how Earth’s rotation affects wind direction (Grades: middle school to high school)

Confetti Bottle

In this experiment, we explore static electricity (Grades: Pre-K - 2)

Will it Float?

Explore and experiment with the surface tension of water. Then, experiment with different liquids as you aim to answer the question: Will it float? (Grades: 3-8)

Does it Roll or Does it Slide?

Explore what kinds of shapes roll versus slide using everyday objects around your home (Grades: Pre-K - 2)

Lava Lamp Experiment

In this experiment, you will see how density and polarity, when they are powered by the release of a gas, cause a reaction between oil and water (Grades: Pre-K to Early Primary with Adult Supervision)

Growing Crystals in a Glass

In this experiment, you will be able to observe how crystals form and grow, then have fun eating your crystals (Grades: All grades, but with parent supervision, or parent permission for teens)

Tornado in a Jar

In this activity, we will model and understand the movements which create tornadoes. We also will be able to analyze the relationship between the size of a tornado and its speed (Grades: 1 - 8)

Bug Bites

Model and observe the adaptations of different insects. Then, determine which insect mouthpart is best suited for specific food (Grades: 3 and up; younger learners with adult supervision)

My Pet Is My Lab Partner

Fred conducting tornado in a jar experiment

My Pet Is My Lab Partner, Episode 5: "Tornado in a Jar"

Join Fred and Colonel Quail as they explore the movements which create tornadoes by making their own “Tornado in a Jar.” But is Colonel Quail too distracted by her “Quail Mail” to finish the experiment?

My Pet Is My Lab Partner, Episode 4: "Measuring Volume"

Follow along with Fred and Colonel Quail as they learn how to measure the volume of an object. You, too, can do this from home with just about any object that you can fit in a measuring cup

My Pet Is My Lab Partner, Episode 3: "Getting to Know Colonel Quail"

Now that Colonel Quail is a TV star, viewers across the country are eager to learn more about her! What does she eat? What are her favorite toys? And does she lay eggs?

My Pet Is My Lab Partner, Episode 2: “Taxonomy”

Join Fred and Colonel Quail as they explore taxonomy by classifying writing utensils. But will Colonel Quail be patient enough to finish the experiment?!

My Pet Is My Lab Partner: Episode 1, “Fun With Peeps”

In this experiment, Fred and Colonel Quail explore solubility. You, too, can conduct this experiment from home. You just need some Peeps, water, and vinegar!

Understanding COVID-19

Words to Know

Here’s some info to help you understand what you’re hearing

Why Washing Your Hands Works

Why exactly does it work so well?

Where to Find Out More

To help you cut straight to useful and reliable info, we put together a list of some of our favorite resources

Get Inspired By Innovation

Explore New Jersey’s history of science and tech innovation

From the invention of the light bulb to the discovery of the microbe that led to the first cure for tuberculosis, NJ is a game-changer in science and tech

Get inspired by Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, the world’s leading experts on dyslexia

Working together, this husband-and-wife team discovered dyslexia’s neurological basis, pioneered effective therapies, and changed public attitudes about the most common learning disorder in the US

Get inspired by Princeton’s Chair of Molecular Biology Bonnie Bassler

Bassler deciphered the chemical language bacteria cells use to communicate

Get inspired by Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA mathematicians whose story was behind ‘Hidden Figures’

Her calculations and strategic thinking helped get the Apollo 13 astronauts safely back to Earth

Get inspired by stem cell pioneer Robert J. Hariri

Hariri is working to use placental stem cells to cure disease, slow aging, and augment healthy human lifespan

Get inspired by David Rosenberg, CEO and Co-Founder of AeroFarms

AeroFarms has grown 800 species of plants indoors and can grow them 365 days a year without sun or soil

Get inspired by Sebastian Thrun, godfather of self-driving cars

Thrun's company, Kitty Hawk, is developing all-electric, vertical take-off flying machines for everyday use

LSC Fans & Friends

Shoutout to all the LSC friends and fans who have sent us your photos!

Check out just a few of the great photos that families have submitted to us

Dallis looking at different colors of the rainbow

Dallis the Science Diva: Blue Skies

Why is the sky blue? Follow along with Dallis the Science Diva for an exploration of light and color!

Dallis getting a brain freeze while eating ice cream

Dallis the Science Diva: Brain Freeze

Join Dallis the Science Diva as she explores why we get a brain freeze when we eat cold food like ice cream

Side by side comparison of dry ice and water

Dallis the Science Diva: What’s the Matter?

Follow along with Dallis the Science Diva as she uses dry ice to explore matter

Cabin Fever Science: Making Ice Cream

Follow along with Zoe as she creates her own ice cream using heavy cream, vanilla, sugar, ice, and salt

Cabin Fever Science: Static Electricity

Follow along with Zoe as she explores static electricity using a balloon, bubbles, and a straw

Cabin Fever Science: CD Hovercraft

Follow along with Zoe (and her dad!) as she creates her own hovercraft with a compact disc

More Fun Stuff

Players explore anatomy and chemistry in U.S. Army online games

The games are available to play via the App Store, Google Play, and your web browser

Yale’s super popular class on ‘happiness’ is available for free online

In “The Science of Well Being,” you'll engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits