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Force & Motion
Have some summer physics fun at the pool, and learn about buoyancy & vorticity in the process!
Exploring buoyancy with this quick experiment
Embrace your inner 1970’s teenage self with this makeshift lava lamp
Make a simple spinning motor with household supplies
You can squeeze an egg into a jar with just the power of air pressure
Shake your pasta and discover resonance
Take a coffee break and get dizzy with this experiment
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?
Create a weightless environment here on Earth
Make a bottle of rice "float" with this friction demo
Make your own non-Newtonian fluid in this demo
Make your own rocket with some antacids and a film canister
You can't see it, but you can feel it! Play with air and air pressure in this activity.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Explore what happens to building during an earthquake.
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.
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.
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?
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!