Watch what happens: LED in Liquid Nitrogen

Watch what happens: LED in Liquid Nitrogen

It wouldn’t be surprising if nitrogen was your favorite elements. N2 is the most common molecule found in our atmosphere, making up roughly 78% of it. But here at camp, we have a different reason for why it is one of our favorite things to have around. We have a ton of liquid Nitrogen on

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Microwave Plasma

Microwave Plasma

We go through our daily lives encountering three of the states of matter; solid, liquid, and gas; nearly every moment, but the fourth, plasma, is much rarer for most of us. Plasma can be found around most forms of visible electricity, like lightning, but you can find it inside your microwave if you follow the

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DIY Chemistry: Coca-Cola and Milk

DIY Chemistry: Coca-Cola and Milk

Mixing different liquids together to see what they taste like seems like a part of human nature. But have you ever mixed your favorite drinks together just to see if a chemical reaction will occur? This is an experiment that you can easily DIY, but we do not recommend drinking it. All you need is

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An Egg and Fire

An Egg and Fire

This experiment is very easy to do but will blow your mind. We have said time and time again that light can bend and reflect in crazy ways. Here is another example of that. Just by charring the outside of a raw (or cooked) egg shell and dipping it in water, you will be able

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DIY: 3D Hologram

DIY: 3D Hologram

Have you ever wanted to feel like you exist in a Sci-Fi world? Or make something that just seems impossible? With this DIY 3D Hologram you can! It is a simple at-home craft that will dazzle your friends and family. All you will need: Printable template Transparency sheet Scissors   Marker Ruler Smartphone or tablet

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Phosphorescence

Phosphorescence

With the glow wall and glow-in-the-dark water bottles and frisbees here at AstroCamp, we often get asked how exactly they work. Well, it all comes down to a phenomenon called phosphorescence. Like fluorescence, which is what you get when you shine a blacklight on something or pass electricity through a container of gas, phosphorescence involves

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The Physics Behind Curveballs

The Physics Behind Curveballs

With the MLB All-Star Game happening, you might be wondering how curveballs and other pitches actually work. Well wonder no longer because Derrick has the answer for you! It all has to do with the 216 raised red stitches altering the airflow around the ball. If the ball leaves the pitcher’s hands spinning counterclockwise like

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How Does Sunscreen Work?

How Does Sunscreen Work?

Summer camp is underway here at AstroCamp and one of the things campers get told time and time again is to wear sunscreen. We all know that sunscreen helps prevent sunburns and skin cancer, but how? Well, sunscreen is composed of a mix of organic and inorganic compounds that work together to limit our exposure

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Wind Power at AstroCamp

Wind Power at AstroCamp

 Wind farms are a common sight these days, but humans have been using wind power for about 2,000 years. It wasn’t always for electricity, however, but to mill grain into flour, operate an organ, or pump water. How does a windmill do any of that though? When you see a windmill, the part that

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What Makes a Hot Air Balloon Float?

What Makes a Hot Air Balloon Float?

It’s one of those basic rules we grow up hearing: hot air rises and cool air sinks, but why is that? If you’ve seen our piece on buoyancy, you know that density is one of the key factors in whether an object sinks or floats in a given substance, but a substance’s density doesn’t have

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Glowing Pickles they're Electric

Glowing Pickles they're Electric

WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. We are dealing with live wires and 120 volts of electricity which can cause fire and/or injuries. Have you ever wanted to electrify something just to see what would happen? Running electricity of a high voltage through a pickle is definitely dangerous, but also tons of fun! But

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