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Saturday Science

Visitors experiencing the wonders of the brain at last year's Saturday Science (Credit: Michael DiVito/Columbia University).

Saturday Science at Home - socially distanced and safe!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saturday Science has gone virtual! We’re bringing the students in your life brand-new activities and the chance to learn neuroscience from real scientists. Check out our upcoming event

Check out our video guides below for some fun, easy-to-do neuroscience activities, and check out our downloadable activity guides. All of our activities can be done with items you can easily find at home!


Email us at [email protected].


Saturday Science is brought to you by the Zuckerman Institute, BioBus, Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach and Columbia Neuroscience Society with generous sponsorship from Apple Bank and the Dana Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week Outreach Grants Program.


Can’t make it to our live Zoom event? You can also download both English and Spanish instructions for independent learning.

Downloadable Guides

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Videos About Saturday Science


In the first Saturday Science: Home Edition video graduate student Abby shows you how to make your very own neuron out of pipe cleaners and beads!

Seeing Double

In the second Saturday Science: Home Edition video graduate student Risa shows you how to make your very own thaumotrope or “wonder spinner”!

Brain Hats

In the third Saturday Science: Home Edition video graduate student Nick shows you how to make your very own brain hat!

Saturday Science Home Addition: Test Your Touch

Saturday Science Home Addition: Synapse Toss

Saturday Science Home Addition: Sneaky Sense

Community Events and Programs at Manhattanville

Manhattanville welcomed families on campus to explore their curiosity and creativity

Nurturing Future Scientists

The Zuckerman Institute’s Education Lab on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus hosts a variety of hands-on brain science programs for people of all ages in the local community.


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