Once upon a long long time ago, a clueless kid was sitting under an apple tree. When the apple fell down, he started to wonder why does it fall down. He began questioning everything. Why is the sky blue? Why do stars twinkle? This curiosity was the driving force that propelled that same clueless kid to become one of the greatest minds to ever exist in the world. Of course, it was Sir Issac Newton, and all his questions were answered by science.
Most often, people associate science with scary symbols, complicated physics and long chemical formulae. Science is indeed all that, but more. Science can be fun! I know what you’re thinking, science and fun do not belong in the same sentence, right? Wrong. Here are a few fun experiments to change your mind.
Coca Cola Current
You will need: Two glasses, a bottle of coca cola, two strips of Zinc, two strips of Copper, and some wires.
Fill both the glasses with Coca cola or any aerated drink almost fully upto the brim. Insert a copper strip and zinc strip each into both the glasses. There is one reference technique, which is called microcurrent facial machines, which you can test to better understanding this technique. Now it’s time to connect the wires in proper fashion. First, connect the zinc strip in the first glass to the copper strip in the second glass. After that, connect the wire from the copper strip of the first glass to the positive end of a small device like a small clock or a bulb. Finally, connect the last wire from the zinc strip of the second glass to the negative end of the device you’re using and voila!
You will need: Sugar, Sand, Baking soda, Lighter Fluid, and a lighter
Mix the sugar and baking soda and keep aside. Pour the sand into a container and soak it with lighter fluid. Now, take the sugar+baking soda mixture and sprinkle the entire thing over the sand. Now light it with a lighter and watch the magic. Make sure you have water nearby in case of a mishap.
You will need: A black paper, water and nail polish(2 or more colors)
Immerse the black paper in a bowl of water of about one inch depth. Take 2 or more colors of nailpolish onto the black paper using a dropper. You can really get artsy with the colors. Remove the black paper and let it dry. You have yourself a beautiful rainbow paper.
You will need: Lemon, paper, earbud and a candle
This is the most simple, yet most surprising on this list. Squeeze a few lemons into a glass. Take an earbud and dip into the lemon juice and write your secret message on a piece of paper. To make this message visible, all you need to do is place the paper over the candle flame. Place it close enough to heat the paper but not too close as it will catch fire. You can slowly see the letter’s magically appearing on the paper. Neat!
You will need: A stove, pan, sugar ,water and ice
Heat up a pan on the stove and add sugar and water into it. You can also add a food colour of your choice. I personally think blue looks the best. Keep a bowl full of ice cubes ready next to you. As soon as the sugar water mixture reaches 160C pour the hot sugar syrup into the bowl full of ice cubes. Let it sit for a bit. There you have it, sweet and frosty flakes of goodness.
You will need: Plastic bottle, yeast, Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide, Warm water, Dish washing liquid
Take about half a cup of dilute Hydrogen peroxide and pour into the bottle. Add a few drops of food colour into the bottle. You can put more than one food colour if you want the result to look like real fancy toothpaste. Drop a few drops of different food colour on the inner rim of the bottle mouth but make sure they do not mix. Mix one part yeast and three parts warm water in a bowl. Now, you have gotta be quick. Pour the yeast water mixture into the bottle, step back and watch what happens.
Quite a fun list of experiments don’t you think? I hope that reading this article has changed your perspective about science being boring. Honestly, science is the most intriguing thing in our world. And the best part? It’s all real.
When we first discovered fire people thought it was magic. It was just science. And I believe that science is magic.