Topic - Sick Science! Videos
It’s that time of year – time to pull out the table tricks and dust them off. Or what if you don’t have a table?
This season, we have a new activity that turns your guests INTO the table!
All those juice boxes, pouches and bottles hold a little science inside – give them a squeeze, force the air out and shoot the straw at your sister. The only problem is the larger hole around the straw allows the air to leak out and the straw doesn’t travel far.
So grab a few straws, some modeling clay and an empty Kool-Aid juice bottle to make a launcher that will shoot that straw across the room while demonstrating Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
Things aren’t always as we see or perceive them. There are many ways to trick your eyes with optical illusions and 3D images. A fun trick to play on your eyes is with a zoetrope. This classic tool turns multiple images into animation.
After the long holiday weekend, it’s back to work and business as usual. During the break, all of us at The Spangler Labs enjoyed our time off and ate a few too many popsicles to stay cool. With all those popsicle sticks laying around, we had to come up with a science activity.
Want to try this at home? Save your popsicle sticks (we also painted ours for more flare and color) and try out this tension-building activity. Keep in mind that this is a challenging activity. It isn’t easy to hold the popsicle sticks down to keep them from going off. It took us several tries and a lot of hands to get it as long as we did without popping. Start off small with a short chain before going the distance.
- Lots and lots (did we mention lots?) of popsicle sticks
- Tons of patience
- A friend (optional, but can make the process much easier)
- Start off with two popsicle sticks. Lay them in an “X” on a flat surface.
- Weave the end of a third popsicle stick underneath the end of the popsicle stick on the bottom of the “X.” The rest of the third stick should go over top of the popsicle stick
We love bubbles at Steve Spangler Science. We’ve made frozen bubbles, smoky bubbles, giant bubbles, bouncing bubbles and fire bubbles to name a few. This time, we make colorful, snaking bubbles that come out of a homemade bubble blower.
Bubbles usually only come as individual spheres of soap and water. To blow the perfect bubble takes patience and a little bubble-science. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can get a whole bunch of bubbles in one cluster… but it always seems random. We’ve found a spectacular way to create colorful rainbow snakes made of bubbles. Make red, white and blue bubbles for Fourth of July.