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Tyndall Science At Home


#Tyndall200 is a national celebration to mark the bicentennial of John Tyndall, one of Ireland’s most extraordinary and influential scientists. Chosen as the namesake of Tyndall National Institute, his scientific legacy continues to live on through our researchers and their work to this day.

Renowned for his scientific discoveries, John Tyndall was also a gifted teacher and delivered scientific lectures to the public at the prestigious Royal Institution. In honour of his contribution to research excellence and to share his love of science, we’ve launched a series of Tyndall-inspired science experiments that both you and your kids can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

4 easy steps to get involved

To join in the fun and share in the celebrations of Tyndall's 200th birthday, we'd love for you to get involved!

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Watch the 4 quick videos to get inspired!
  2. Download the experiment guide of your favourite video
  3. Have fun doing the experiment!
  4. Capture a moment with a 30 second video or photo efforts at bending light or growing sourdough
  5. Share on social (Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag #Tyndall200 or submit online using the submission button under each experiment

Enter to Win a  #Tyndall200 Prize Pack!

Every submission will be entered into a draw for a #Tyndall200 Prize Pack for science lovers! The winners will be showcased during Heritage Week 2020 in mid-August.


Make a coin disappear in this science magic trick using only a glass of water and natural sunlight. You won’t believe your eyes!



Have you ever wondered why the earth is heating up? Create your own greenhouse in a jar to explore climate change and find out. 


Create cool light effects in a jar of water and milk and learn about how beams of light navigate through different liquids.


Create your own magnetic force and make an ordinary, non-magnetic aluminium can do your bidding through the power of electrons.



Discover the world of micro-organisms with this experiment. Grow your own sourdough starter and discover what’s living in the air around you and what that means for your new pet sourdough!.