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Static Flash

March 9, 2011 by  
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This is a good project to try in the winter when the air is dry. It’s another way to use static electricity to make light flash in your hands. Simple to do, all you need is a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and a comb. No need to screw the lamp into a light socket, you […]

Ghostly After-Image Effect

March 2, 2011 by  
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No, there aren’t any ghosts!  But this does look kind of spooky. Would you like to see things when it’s totally dark?  This strange trick for your eyes only lasts a few moments, but it’s fun to do. Try it by yourself or with a brother or sister (or even Mom or Dad!)  It’s a […]

Paper Folding Trick

February 28, 2011 by  
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There’s an old gag that challenges someone to fold a dollar bill in half eight times. If they can do it, they get to keep it. The trick is that it gets so thick, so fast, that six folds are usually the limit. You can try it yourself with a dollar bill, a sheet of […]

Bendy Water

February 13, 2011 by  
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Here’s a science experiment you can do in your own kitchen! All you need is a plastic comb. Go to the sink and turn on the water. Adjust it to a thin stream. If it breaks into drops, it’s too thin. Run the comb through your hair several times. What you’re doing is charging it […]

Marvelous Magnets

February 13, 2011 by  
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This is a two-part project.  First, you need to gather what you need for the second part! You’ll  need a strong magnet.  If you don’t have one, a trip to the hardware store should provide what you want. Check your hardware store first but Lowes has a very good set of two strong magnets for […]

The Comb of Science

September 23, 2010 by  
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You don’t need expensive equipment to do a  science experiment! You can do one with an ordinary plastic comb. Tear a small scrap of tissue paper into little bits and charge your comb with static electricity by running it through your hair several times.  This works best when the humidity is down and the air […]

Water Has a Skin

June 3, 2010 by  
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This is an easy and fun thing to try right now because you can make up so many different stories to go with it. I’m sure you have everything you need in your kitchen… a bowl, some pepper, and dish washing detergent (or regular soap). Here’s the set up: 1) Fill the bowl with water. […]

The First Experiment

June 2, 2010 by  
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It’s never too early to introduce even the youngest boys and girls to the world of science. When they’re old enough to follow simple directions, it’s time for some fun. I started with my grandson when he was barely three.  I remember saying, “Do you want to try… a… science experiment?” He got excited and […]