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Experiment with Science!

September 08, 2015

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Science is an amazing thing, and it can also be fun! Science is about forming a hypothesis (guessing what will happen) and then testing your idea through experimentation. You've probably done science experiments and science fairs in school, but there are countless more you can do, even if you're just hanging out at home! These easy science experiments can be fun for you, your family, and your friends!

Make a Rainbow

  • Rainbows show up in the sky when sunlight refracts (bends) while it goes through water (like raindrops).
  • That's why you often see rainbows during a sun shower, or when the sun comes out immediately after a rainfall.
  • You can make your own rainbow appear at home, though, using just a glass of water, a plain white piece of paper, and a sunny day.
  • Take your glass of water over to a sunny window, hold it above the piece of paper, and watch how the refracting light makes a rainbow on the paper.
  • You can even try holding the glass at different heights and seeing how the rainbow changes!
  • You might enjoy trying this with a friend or showing it to your family on an afternoon at home.

Rainbows form when light retracts through waterRainbows form when light retracts through waterCourtesy of youthareawesome.com

Microscopic Creatures

This is a really cool experiment for school. You could even suggest it to one of your teachers! You will need blank microscopic slides, a dropper, and a microscope.

  1. What you'll want to do first is collect a few samples from various water sources, like puddles or ponds.
  2. Bring along a few plastic containers to hold your samples.
  3. Once you have what you need, use the dropper to put a little bit of water on one of your slides.
  4. Then you can use the microscope to examine the slide close-up and see all the tiny squiggly wiggly little creatures that you never even knew were there! 

There are loads of fun experiments to do with microscopes!There are loads of fun experiments to do with microscopes!Courtesy of The Guardian

Gravity-Free Water

Now, this is a tricky one. It might take some practice, but it's pretty impressive if done correctly.

  1. What you need is a glass of water and a piece of cardboard that has been cut perfectly to the size of the glass.
  2. Fit the cardboard on top of the water in the glass, making sure there are no holes or escape routes for the liquid.
  3. Then, hold the glass upside down for a few seconds, allowing the water to sink in to the cardboard just a little.
  4. Try taking the cardboard away. Since there has been no air in the glass, the sudden pressure of the air should keep the water in place.
  5. Now this is an experiment your friends will want to see!

Yes, there is such a thing as anti-gravity water!Yes, there is such a thing as anti-gravity water!Courtesy of foodielovesfitness.com

All of the above science experiments would be a lot of fun to try at school or at home. It really is amazing how you can explore the scientific world by experimenting with easy-to-find objects and materials! Have a good time! 

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