Did you know that science is a hobby in itself? We explore the world with scientific experiments and learn new things every day.
Do you enjoy doing science or following science-related activities? Do you want to know about some of the most common science-related hobbies? Here, we will explore a wide range of different kinds of science hobbies that can help you to make your spare time in a productive manner.
Science is everywhere, from the microscopic to the astronomic – you only have to know where to look! On this blog, you can find a plethora of hobby ideas, but in this particular post, I have listed hobbies that are related to science.
But before you start browsing check my favorite ones:
How To Find a Science Hobby That You’ll Love?
Kids have no problems finding hobbies. They play different sports, take music and dance lessons, collect all kinds of items, and spend their days cycling and exploring the surroundings.
But most adults spend less time on their nonprofessional interests and stop trying new things. So, if you want to find the right hobby never stop trying new things and figure out what interested you as a child.
Browse my listicle, find something you’re passionate about and make sure it’s something that requires little effort on your part. The more problem-solving you can do with your time, the happier you’ll be.
When you choose something that’s purely for enjoyment, and not performance or research, you will be able to find time for it without sacrificing your work.
And since doing science has so much potential for positive outcomes, having a break from your day job can actually be beneficial in the long run.
List of Hobbies Related to Science
A list of just 10 science-related hobbies wouldn’t be quite enough, so I have decided to make a list of 30 science hobbies, which I have divided into six different fields of science.
This way you can choose between hobbies related to natural sciences, medical and health science, social science, engineering and technology, agricultural sciences, and humanities. Go ahead and browse the following list of some of the most common science-related hobbies.
Hobbies Related to Natural Sciences
Meteorology – Weather Monitoring
Do you want to know if the next Friday will be a good day for spending time on the beach? Purchase your own personal weather station ( check the weather instruments on Amazon ) and become an amateur meteorologist. You can also become part of a network of citizen-run weather stations. Another way to monitor weather is to use your smartphone and app mPing and report current conditions to meteorologists in real time.
See, feel, hear, smell, and use tools to extend and refine your basic senses. Thermometers, microscopes, telescopes, radar, radiation sensors, X-ray crystallography, and mass spectroscopy can do a better job of observing than we can.
Are you passionate about plants and horticulture? Get into botany and scientific study of plant life in a given terrain or the specific details of the life of a certain type of plant. Travel to specific geographic locations and explore a variety of landscapes.
Get started with stargazing or amateur astronomy. You can do it almost anywhere, from your balcony, window, backyard, local park, or somewhere else. In the beginning, you don’t need a high-power telescope, cheaper options are apps or binoculars, however, spotting planets is possible with the naked eye as well. After exploring the night sky you can even process and analyze astronomical data.
Geology – rock, fossil, and mineral hunting.
Do you like biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics? Do you want to know more about the history of the Earth? Become an amateur geologist and study the Earth’s physical structure and substances, the history of rocks, and the processes that act on them. Get into rock, mineral, and fossil hunting.
Microscopes are really important tools in science, because of the microscopes scientists discovered the existence of microorganisms, and the smallest parts of animals, plants, and fungi. So, if you want to study microscopic organisms, tissue samples, or samples of soil or rocks buy yourself a microscope and dive into the beautiful world of microscopy.
Do-It-Yourself Science Projects
For those who want real science hobby, I suggest making easy DIY experiments and projects like recreating the water cycle in a bag, building a solar oven, discovering density with hot and cold water, crushing a can using air pressure, building a da Vinci bridge, growing a carbon sugar snake, or turning milk into plastic. You will find more do-it-yourself science projects online.
Hobbies Related to Medical and Health Sciences
Sport and Fitness
Most sports can be considered science-based hobbies. There is a lot of science in ball sports, from a spin on the ball, to how hard to hit the ball, the surrounding air and wind conditions, hardness of the ground. There’s much science in other sports as well, for instance, body mechanics and brain science of muscular memory.
Reading and Learning about Nutrition
For those who are interested in best practices for nutrition and nutrition science in general I suggest reading about nutrition. One of the best authors in the field is Dr. Frank Lipman, I suggest you check his book How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life. Reading his book is one of the easiest ways to learn about the importance of nutrition, movement, stress management, sleep, and everyday toxins.
Did you know that there are numerous science experiments you can do while cooking? The best thing is that everything you really need is already in your kitchen.
Also, if you want to learn about fundamental principles and techniques to cook tastier, more nutritious food I suggest checking the book by Stuart Dr. Farrimond, the book is called The Science of Cooking
Hobbies Related to Social Sciences
Collect Data Samples
Gather and analyze specific information and evaluate the results so you can proffer solutions to relevant questions. Make and use data collection tools like a paper questionnaire, surveys, interviews, case studies, checklists, and other computer-assisted data collection tools.
Board Games Related to Social Sciences
It doesn’t matter if you are a new gamer or a more advanced player, you can always find some interesting board game. Maybe you are looking for party games or two-player games, or maybe games for working on social skills and self-esteem. Playing board games will help you to strengthen your relationships and to meet new people.
Buy a domain name and shared hosting and start your own blog. In case your field of interest is in science you can start writing a blog post about science-related topics. After you have visitors on your blog you can start with all kinds of scientific researches like surveys or interviews.
There are many good options for those who want to become volunteers, animal rescue shelters, food pantries, or the red cross are only a few organizations that accept new volunteers frequently. Get out there and find out how you can get involved.
Have you ever consider joining the debate team? Sure you can do it with your friends as well, debating with friends is one of my favorite science-related hobbies. Do you want to know why? Participating in the debate gives me the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, and research carefully.
Hobbies Related to Engineering and Technology
Do you like computers and hobbies related to computers? Do you want an exciting hobby with new challenges every day? Maybe you should start programming. There are many ways to learn to program, you can enroll in some online course, or you can start on your own by watching online tutorials.
Are you “tinkerer” by nature? Do you like coding? Do you want to build your own cool project? If your answer is “yes” you should start with robotics. There are two main ways to get into this scientific hobby, you can take online robotics courses, or you can purchase some robotics kit and start this way.
Aviation or Rocket Building
Many Americans have an interest in rocket building or aviation. So, if you want to get engaged with aviation I suggest starting with plane spotting, you can also photograph the planes while taking off or landing. You can even start building RC planes or model rockets, while building you will learn the basic physics and math that control flight and the design of rockets and planes.
If you are looking for a fun and rewarding hobby consider HAM radio. Using high-tech equipment, HAM radio operators can make one-on-one connections all around the world. You can use HAM radio to learning about electronics, build your own equipment, and make friends around the world. Ham radio can even form ad-hoc communication systems when other traditional methods aren’t available, especially in emergency situations.
Hobbies Related to Agricultural Sciences
If you live in a rural area, the soil just outside your home might be in good shape to host your garden. You will find out that gardening can cultivate feelings of connection, creative calm, empowerment. Digging, harvesting, getting dirty, and eating healthy are good for you.
Growing your own mushrooms is just like growing any other vegetable or fruit. All you need to figure out is the life cycle, how to grow them and what types of mushrooms to grow. You can grow them even if you live in an apartment, mushrooms are perfect for growing indoors.
Visit Zoo or Aquarium
Right across the US, there are some tremendous zoos and aquariums: Philadelphia Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Oakland Zoo, Zoo Miami, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium… Going to the zoo or aquarium can be a great way to spend the afternoon alone or with a family.
If you are looking for a science hobby you can do anywhere outside you can start with birding. You can do it just for fun, or you can keep a life list, which is a running list that bird watchers keep of all birds they see.
In the beginning, you don’t even need binoculars, but if you have them, it can make birding a whole lot easier. There are also apps to identify birds, all you have to do is to download the app and use it when you bird-watch.
In case you are passionate about flowers and photography try botanical photography. Photographing flowers and other botany is one of the most popular science-related hobbies, but it can be tricky, even for more experienced photographers. Getting quality botanical images requires a new approach to your subjects, new lighting, and a DSLR camera.
Insect collecting may seem an unusual hobby at first, but if you think more precisely it is a science hobby actually. If you decide to start your collection, you should learn how to properly capture, kill, mount, and label the insects. Those who do things the right way can learn a lot about insects only from their own collection.
Hobbies Related to Humanities
Visit Science-Related Museums
If you already visiting museums regularly then you probably know some science-related museums in your area. Let me suggest to you some of the globally most popular science museums.
The Natural History Museum in London should be the right choice for history lovers. For those who like space, there is The National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. For those who want an exciting experience, I suggest The Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Start learning a new language, new grammar, new vocabulary words, and practice speaking. Many people learn a new language while they watch TV or movies, but if you want to learn it fast, you will need a scientific approach. There many websites that can offer a great platform to learn the language, and there are also apps like Duolingo, HelloTalk, Babbel.
Playing Musical Instruments
Piano, guitar, trumpet, it doesn’t matter what musical instrument you choose, just pick one and start practicing. Playing an instrument will require you to learn new information and master new skills. Music is a beautiful art, it’s not just about knowing how to play songs, it is also about expressing your own emotion through sound.
You can make a video at home using your camcorder or even with your smartphone. When writing your video scripts always keep your sentences short and use simple words, never overcomplicate your messages. Make sure you use a simple video editing program like Blender, Apple iMovie, or Lightworks. After you are satisfied with your finished video upload it to YouTube and dive into video analytics.
I hope you have found my list of science-related hobbies helpful. I sure there are more science hobbies that you can find and pursue. In case you have some interesting hobby ideas you are welcome to post your suggestions in the comments below.