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Force & Motion

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Homemade Lava Lamp

Embrace your inner 1970’s teenage self with this makeshift lava lamp


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Make Your Own Homopolar Motor

Make a simple spinning motor with household supplies


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The Egg Squeeze

You can squeeze an egg into a jar with just the power of air pressure


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Resonance: Earthquakes to Pasta

Shake your pasta and discover resonance


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Office Chair Physics

Take a coffee break and get dizzy with this experiment


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Backyard Roller Coaster Physics

Learn about centripetal force with a bucket of water


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Floating Ping-Pong Balls

Floating ping-pong balls can teach us how airplanes stay aloft


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Overflowing Surface Tension

How does water rise above a full glass without spilling?


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Free Fall

Create a weightless environment here on Earth


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Floating Rice Friction

Make a bottle of rice "float" with this friction demo


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Colorful Oobleck Fun

Make your own non-Newtonian fluid in this demo


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Canister Rocket

Make your own rocket with some antacids and a film canister


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Where's the Air?

You can't see it, but you can feel it! Play with air and air pressure in this activity.


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Balloon Bottle

It’s like making a teeny tiny hot air balloon that doesn’t go anywhere!


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Physics at Home: Creating a Paper Trebuchet

“Hey, can you pass me a paperclip?” "Why yes, I'll send one with my paper trebuchet."


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Physics in the Sky: Physics on a Plane

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!


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Physics in the kitchen: Sink or Swim Soda

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.


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Physics Over the Sink: Water Glass Magic

Defying the laws of gravity? Drinking water upside down? This must be magic… or science!


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Physics by the Fire: Match Stick Rocket

This experiment is "Outta this world!" Make your own rocket ship... for ants.


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Physics in the kitchen: The Magical Can Crusher

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.


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Balloon Lung

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.


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Physics on the Kitchen Table: Base Isolated Buildings

Explore what happens to building during an earthquake.


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Rocket Balls: Conserving Energy But Creating Fun

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.


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Physics on a Swinging Tray: Greek Waiters Tray

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.


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Physics in the Toy Room: Toppling Towers

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?


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Physics in the Bathroom: Ripping Neatly

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!