Learn about centripetal force with a bucket of water
Floating ping-pong balls can teach us how airplanes stay aloft
How does water rise above a full glass without spilling?
You can detect the tiny mass of air with materials from around the house
Create a weightless environment here on Earth
Create your own indoor rainstorm
Make a bottle of rice "float" with this friction demo
Make your own non-Newtonian fluid in this demo
Learn about refraction in the kitchen
Discover fluorescence with a laser pointer and a few drops of olive oil
Make your own rocket with some antacids and a film canister
Experiment with sound (or lack thereof) in a vacuum
A simple home experiment can mimic the light-bending effects of dark matter
What's the best way to turn a tea bag into a flying "rocket"? Set it on fire.
You can't see it, but you can feel it! Play with air and air pressure in this activity.
How would you feel about having a bowl full of nails for breakfast? Okay, the shape might be a problem - so how about eating a bowl full of iron shavings? Believe it or not, some breakfast cereals contain actual iron shavings - on purpose!
It’s like making a teeny tiny hot air balloon that doesn’t go anywhere!
“Hey, can you pass me a paperclip?” "Why yes, I'll send one with my paper trebuchet."
Some say water and oil don’t mix, but what about ice and oil?
This week we’re taking a break from being home and heading to the skies! Now that boring plane ride can be filled with physics!
If you ever find yourself floating in the sea with only a can of diet soda and a can of regular soda, which one could be a floatation device.
It went that way…I mean that way? Which way does this arrow point? Using physics to give bad directions.
Defying the laws of gravity? Drinking water upside down? This must be magic… or science!
This experiment is "Outta this world!" Make your own rocket ship... for ants.
It’s not The Force, but it is caused by a force. Try this simple experiment and watch a can magically crush before your eyes.
Almost as confusing as an on and off relationship, these flat refrigerator magnets alternate between attraction and repulsion, but only when pulled in the right direction. Give it a try and see if you can make these magnets zip.
Take an exercise ball, some fish net and some old wrenches and presto! You’ve got a music machine.
Did you know that even in a baby’s room you can find physics? Crying babies and quiet places don’t always mix and neither do baby oil and water, two common things in a nursery. But why doesn’t oil mix with water? Try this fun experiment to explore what happens when water meets oil.
Is it a miniature porcupine? No! It’s ferrofluid. Follow these simple instructions to make your own.
This isn’t the iron lung, or even a human lung, but did you know that every time you take a breath you have physics to thank for keeping you alive. That’s right! Physics is responsible for filling your lungs with air. Learn how your lungs work and make a model that is bound to amaze your friends and leave them…breathless.
Get ready to amaze your friends with this one! They will watch in awe as you use magical powers (ahem, physics) to command a packet of ketchup to rise, sink, and levitate....and it obeys you.
Try this experiment if you want to spear some candy fish, if you can catch them.
Explore what happens to building during an earthquake.
Bring the beauty of snow inside, while leaving the cold outside by creating paper snowflakes and exploring symmetry.
In the season of lights, make your own glowing creations with LEDs.
When payday rolls around and you're wondering what to do with your money, try this simple experiment and make your money move.
Add some light to your night. Make your party one that your friends remember, let those lasers dance, using physics! Use this simple experiment to illustrate sound waves, vibration and reflection.
Amaze your friends with the dancing ping pong ball. It's not magic...It's science!
In the kitchen there are plenty of gadgets that illustrate numerous laws and theories of physics, but none are music to my ears like the musical turkey baster.
Magneto hydrodynamic propulsion in your coffee cup!
If you thought Jell-O only did funny things to your tummy then you need to see what it does to light! Come explore as light changes its path when it passes through Jell-O.
See why the sky is blue and a sunset is orange, all in a glass of milk!
Will a ball bounce higher than it was dropped? You might say no, but come take a journey and allow a bug to tell you otherwise.
While everyone knows that the world needs more cowbell, it is a little known fact that an aluminum rod can sing to your heart’s content.
Did you forget to pay the gravity bill this month? That's what people will think when they see your Greek Waiter's Tray defy gravity.
You are about to build your very own toroidal vortex generator. This device will efficiently transport air across the room in a dazzling display of fluid dynamics.
Normally if you put a balloon over a flame, the balloon will pop, but what happens when you put a water balloon over a flame?
This is a fun activity to try when you're waiting for the waiter to bring you your food, but consider yourself warned that not all people think it's appropriate to play with your straw at the dinner table.
Have you ever come in from a day of sledding or ice skating and sat down for a drink of cold chocolate? Or had a glass of hot lemonade in the summer? Probably not. We use hot water for some things and cold water for others. Have you ever thought about what makes hot water hot and cold water cold?
Knowing the temperature outside is important if you live in Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; or one of the many other places where the temperature can change by 30 degrees from one day to the next. Want to make your own thermometer?
What did people do before microwaves? Imagine having to use the oven to heat up your leftover pizza or an air popper to make popcorn…and how else could you make these amazing soap sculptures?
Most people associate Ben Franklin with electricity, but his first recorded experiment was on something totally different – color and heat. You’ve probably noticed that you heat up faster in the sunlight if you’re wearing a dark shirt.
Most of us played with blocks during our childhood and could hold our own at tower-building, or at least tower-toppling. Even adults get into the game Jenga® – a game where players try to add to the height of a tower without making it fall. But, have you ever really paid attention to how towers fall?
Few things are as frustrating as searching through couch cushions for a lost remote just as your favorite reality show is starting. What would we do without remotes? In addition to being essential to our TV watching, they are a great way to explore light.
The kitchen sink is a good place to wash dishes, rinse out empty soup cans and soak crusty bowls, but it’s also a great place to investigate one of the coolest forces of nature – electrostatics.
Most of us hear things all the time – the click of the keys on the keyboard, the notes to our favorite songs, cracks of thunder that accompany a storm…but how does sound travel?
Have you ever gone into a bathroom to find that a child (or pet) in the house unwound toilet paper all over the floor? Next time don't blame him or her – blame inertia!