HOUSEHOLD SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
Check out some of our past creations of visual science.
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Pour milk (higher fat content is better) and food coloring in a shallow container.
Then lower the local surface tension using dish soap or rubbing alcohol and watch the colors run away!
GLASS PLATE NEBULAS
Create the same reaction that happen in the vastness of space on a much smaller scale... a plate of glass.
Instead of solar winds of gas blowing out into space which creates stellar nurseries, it's surface tension.
But the underlying physics between the two reactions are essentially the same.
DRY ICE COMETS
A main ingredient to a comets core is dry ice.
As it gets closer to the sun the ice sublimates into the vacuum of space.
Putting dry ice into a shallow pool of water will produce a similar reaction.
The dry ice turns into vapor and creates jets of gas which propel the particles across the surface of the water.
SAND ART LANDSCAPES
A sand picture consists of two panes of glass glued together creating an air tight seal.
Liquid, sand, and small pockets of air live inside the glass.
Rotating the sand picture will cause the air bubbles inside the glass to rise.
DRY ICE BUBBLE Science
Dry ice, the solid form of Carbon Dioxide, is often used for creating captivating visual effects due to its mystifying nature.
Create a large gas giant-like planet by forming a soap bubble above the dry ice.
Create a Tornado Vortex
Learn how to create a water vortex by drilling a hole at the bottom of plastic aquarium to act as a drain.
If don't have an aquarium just fill up your sink and then release drain plug. Stir in a circular motion and watch vortex form from above.
Bubbles act like a prism, reflecting the basic colors of the Cosmos.
If you angle your bubble with a large diffused light source, the magical colors of the Cosmos will reveal itself to you!
GIANT BUBBLE EXPLOSIONS
Spheres tend to take shape from the action of simple physical laws.
When the bubble begins to tear soap molecules shoot out in all directions.
Take away gravity, and you get a similar reaction to that of star formations.
MAGNETIC PUTTY MAGIC
Magnetic Putty comes from a magnetic material being mixed in with the putty itself.
There are millions of tiny micron-sized magnets embedded in the putty to ensure that it will respond to any large magnet.
With a strong enough magnet, the putty makes for an impressively tenacious creeping flow.
CLOUD TANK Science
Clouds are so common here on Earth that it’s easy to take them for granted.
But there’s remarkable complexity in the mechanics of their formation.
And the physics of cloud formations can be recreated by using a fish tank.