The Coolest Molecules

The Coolest Molecules

CAUTION: This experiment uses dry ice (-109˚F) and liquid nitrogen (-321˚F). Proper safety equipment should always be used when handling these substances. Physics tells us that pressure, volume and temperature are all linked when talking about gases. So what does this have to do with solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) and liquid nitrogen? When dry

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Pendulum Waves

Pendulum Waves

You’ve already seen the way a no-flinch pendulum works, so now we are changing it up. This contraption is host to many pendulums next to each other but not touching. When you raise them up and let them go all at once, you can see something truly mesmerizing. They will all start to fall at

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Exploring Water

Exploring Water

CAUTION: DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME Here is an experiment that even the professionals at AstroCamp will not dare to perform. Water can become superheated in a closed system, like that in a microwave, and become extremely dangerous. Superheated water is liquid water under pressure at temperatures between the usual boiling point, 100 °C,

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To Infinity Table and Beyond

To Infinity Table and Beyond

Light, it’s properties, and the ways it can be manipulated are as fascinating as they are beautiful. It can be bent, slowed down, absorbed, and reflected. It turns out that the study of optics looks into all of these different interactions. But what happens when you want to mix the science of optics with a

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Fiber Optics: Continuing the Light Discussion

Fiber Optics: Continuing the Light Discussion

Fiber optics allow for the transmission of information, like the internet and cable TV. They carry information between two places using entirely light-based technology. In a cable, there can be as little as two fibers, or as many as several hundreds. Each fiber is about as thick as a human hair. But how does it

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Light: Just Flip It and Look You Will See

Light: Just Flip It and Look You Will See

It is no surprise that we experience and use scientific phenomenons every day. But, did you know that our eyes do that too? At camp, we have a science experiment that demonstrates how our eyes take in light. This hole in the wall is a great model for an eye. Your eye has a few major

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Effortless DIY Electric Train

Effortless DIY Electric Train

The relationship between electricity and magnetism is as old as space and time, but is a complicated one. As light propagates, electricity and magnetism flow in and out of each other, forever connected. This connection can allow for some pretty interesting phenomenons in physics. Due to induction, we can get the “train” to propel forward.

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DIY Polar Opposites

DIY Polar Opposites

Oil and water won’t mix no matter how hard you try. They have different densities and different polarities. But what happens when you mix oil and milk? Milk is an emulsion. It is made of mostly water with lipids throughout. Lipids are organic compounds that are fatty acids or their derivatives and are insoluble in

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DIY Limestone Caves

DIY Limestone Caves

Most stone is made over millions of years, cooked in the core of our planet. That stone then erodes over time due to wind, acids found in rain and groundwater, and other natural weatherings. Chalk is a type of limestone formed by the shells of microscopic marine organisms. The process of erosion can produce beautiful

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Deceived: Optical Illusion

Deceived: Optical Illusion

For the most part, humans rely on our brains interpreting five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste) to tell us about the world around us. However, you can’t always trust them. Our eyes are a huge factor in how we view the universe. We trust them, but we can’t always believe what they show

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Thermochromic Slime Experiment

Thermochromic Slime Experiment

We’ve all experienced a mood ring change color when you put it on your finger. But have you ever seen slime do that? Thermochromism is the property of substances to change color due to a change in temperature. Here is a DIY to make your own thermochromic slime. What you need: ¼ cup white glue

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DIY: Diffusion Science Experiment

DIY: Diffusion Science Experiment

Have you ever stopped to notice the beauty of the swirls of color coming from a tea bag into a hot mug of water? Or had a magnificent smell of freshly baked goods waft its way over to your nose? You were experiencing diffusion. Here is a simple DIY experiment for you to try to

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