Monday Mystery Science Demonstrations

by Robert Farber

Two years of weekly science demonstrations that teachers can buy or build.

Throughout his successful career as an educator, Robert Farber has been known for performing weekly science demonstrations that became legendary among students and teachers alike. Now he has collected more than eighty of his favorite demos into a single volume for fellow teachers to use in their own classrooms.

Farber’s Monday Mystery Science Demonstrations are designed to simultaneously educate and entertain. They capture the wonder and magic of science, so that students can enjoy learning. They are excellent for introducing or reviewing scientific principles and laws, applying theory to real-world examples, and stimulating discussion.

Most of the demonstrations can be inexpensively assembled by teachers, while some utilize commercially available kits. They are simple to perform and designed to intrigue and inspire students. Included are suggested observations, evaluation criteria, and prompts for further critical thinking.

Looking for inspiration in your classroom? Let Farber help.


  • It is very important for educators to use this book as a means to science inquiry which is the cornerstone of good teaching.–National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

About the Author

Robert Farber earned his undergraduate degree from Grove City College and his graduate degree from Temple University in Science and Education. He has spent more than forty-five years as a classroom teacher in some of the toughest schools in Philadelphia, as well as top-rated public and private schools, teaching all levels of students from middle school through college.

During summers he has completed additional coursework and continuing education workshops at the University of Maryland, Penn State University, Central Florida University, Bryn Mawr University, and Princeton University, covering such subjects as Brain & Behavior and Molecular Biology. His summer jobs have ranged from construction to genetics research.

Robert has served in many capacities with educational organizations, civic associations, and youth organizations. He is the author of Off The Shelf Chemistry Laboratory Manual and Farber’s Postulates of Education. Now retired, Robert and his wife, Janice, enjoy traveling and camping.

Buy the Book



Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9973020-7-3
Size: 6 x 9 inches
250 pages
Published August 2, 2017


Farber’s Off the Shelf Chemistry Laboratory Experiments
Farber’s Postulates of Education