Mother and daughter create fun Science at Home experiments

Date published: 30 May 2020

A mother and daughter duo from Milnrow are making lockdown more bearable with their fun Science at Home experiments.

Sarar and Aaliyah Hany have been filming a series of experiments at home, posting them online under the name ‘Science at Home’.

Sarar, who has worked in crime scene examination, analytical scientific research and fingerprint recognition, said: “I’ve had an interest in science since school and throughout university. Aaliyah also loves science and has been involved in after school science clubs.

“When schools closed down during the COVID-19 pandemic Aaliyah asked me if we could do some cool science experiments at home so we wouldn't get bored. I thought it was a great idea so we filmed our first one and only sent it to close friends and family who encouraged us to put it on Facebook. It then grew to our Instagram, YouTube and Facebook page.

“They don't always go to plan and can get very messy, but we always have loads of fun. We are always researching new content and exploring why experiments happen as they do.”


Science at Home - Magic Mud video
Science at Home - Magic Mud video


Mum-of-two Sarar says her favourite experiment so far has been the ‘VE Day elephant’s toothpaste’ which they carried out in front of neighbours at a distance, as “it was wonderful to do something live and for such a special occasion.”

Seven-year-old Aaliyah favours one of their more recent experiments, ‘egg in a bottle’ because “it was fun, colourful and creative."

Sarar continued: “I think there's a lot of pressure on parents at the moment in terms of ‘homeschooling’ their children which is not always easy. Both my husband and I have been working from home whilst looking after both girls during lockdown, and while I do believe learning is an important component and should continue, it shouldn't be at the cost of our children's mental health – or ours. 

“These are unprecedented times and I always say to Aaliyah, ‘do what you can in terms of schoolwork, ask for help, and, most importantly, have fun with what you do!’


Sarar Hany with daughter Aaliyah in a Science at Home video
Sarar Hany with daughter Aaliyah in a Science at Home video


“Incorporating Science at Home in our working week gives us something to look forward to and new things to learn. The feedback has been overwhelming: we were asked to share some of our videos to the Locked Down Learning Facebook page which was really cool.”

She added: “The best thing though, is when we get sent videos of others trying out these experiments; it puts such a smile on our faces.”

You can watch Science at Home via YouTube, Facebook and Instagram:

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