DIY Water Bending

DIY Water Bending

Electricity is everywhere! That isn’t a joke. Electricity is simply the movement of electrons. Electrons are found in atoms which make up all of the molecules in our bodies, and don’t like to stand still. Electricity can be tricky to describe and understand, but most of us have felt it in some way. Have you

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DIY + Grapes + Microwave = PLASMA!

DIY + Grapes + Microwave = PLASMA!

WARNING: Handle dishes with a potholder, and be aware that they may break if left in the microwave too long. Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand when experimenting with high-energy science.  What do lightning, the aurora, neon signs, and grapes have in common? Plasma! It might be the least familiar of the four states

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Balloon Stabbing Science

Balloon Stabbing Science

How does this balloon stay intact? It’s got everything to do with our angle of attack. Latex, the stretchy material most balloons are made of, is a polymer. Polymers are made of macromolecules, or long chains of repeated small parts. When a balloon inflates, the long molecule chains in its surface stretch out & make

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Fire Suction

Fire Suction

Physics allows us to manipulate the world around us in fun and creative ways.  The fire suction experiment is a good example.  We want to grab a penny from a plate that is covered in water, but we don’t want to touch the water.  At our disposal we have an empty soda can, some matches,

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A Scientist’s April Fools

A Scientist’s April Fools

 Warning: Don’t do this at home!  When a scientist decides to play an April Fools prank on someone, it gets pretty serious.  We pull out all the stops.  One experiment that is guaranteed to both terrify and delight is the classic alcohol money burn. The experiment is pretty simple.  Mix some rubbing alcohol and

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Fireproof Balloon & How it Changed the World

Fireproof Balloon & How it Changed the World

 The balloon in the video isn’t anything special. It’s a completely normal balloon filled with completely normal water. However, water is quite extraordinary! We describe matter by listing its different properties. Some of these properties include how dense something is, its flexibility, its ability to conduct electricity, and even its color! Another less commonly

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Bernouli’s Ping Pong Ball Experiment

 Using a hair dryer to levitate a ping pong ball is a classic do it at home science experiment.  It utilizes two basic principles to keep the ball hovering in the air.  The first principle is the transfer of momentum from the moving air particles to the ping pong balls.  Basically, the moving air

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DIY Experiment: Egg in a Bottle

You might be asking yourself why you would want to put an egg in a bottle. The answer is, of course, for science! This is a great experiment for explaining the basics of the ideal gas law. Mainly, that gases expand and contract when they change temperature. Here we will explore how to actually do

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