Science Wednesday: Science – Sesame Street Style

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

Two of my favorite posts from last month were The Success of the Scientific Method and You’re Never too Young to be a Scientist. Then I discovered this Sesame Street video, which is the perfect complement to both those stories. In the video, Cookie Monster and his friend Emma show you how to design an experiment testing whether objects float or sink in water, and then invite you to conduct the experiment along with them.

Major kudos to Sesame Street for using the terminology of the scientific method (it’s really cute to hear Cookie Monster talk about hypotheses).

Be sure to share this video with any budding scientists in your life and, when you’re done, why not design an experiment of your own?

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3 Responses to “Science Wednesday: Science – Sesame Street Style”


  1. 1 Robyn January 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Totally my kind of science!

  2. 2 Vera January 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Very floaty!(and sinky) A lemon can float but a lime can’t?!?!? What up wi’ dat?

  3. 3 Katie February 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

    What up wi’ dat, indeed!

    A little bit of research shows that the difference has to do with the fruit’s densities. Lemons and water have similar densities, so lemons will float. Limes have a higher density than both lemons and water, so they sink.


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