Mad scientist lab

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These are activities from the Mad Scientist's Lab! These are fun and exciting science experiments. These experiments have awesome and sometimes unpredictable outcomes. Click on the activity title for more information.

***This page will occasionally be updated with new activities so check back from time to time!***

Last changed on: 01-18-2013.

Activity List (click on activity name for more details)

Slime: Students create slime or gak-like stuff using borax and glue.

Oobleck: Students will create a non-newtonian liquid from cornstarch and water. Students will be able to play with the "oobleck" and maybe even walk on it!

Magic cabbage juice chemistry: Students will compare the whether common household products are acids, bases, or neutral. The experiment uses purple cabbage juice as an indicator. The cabbage juice changes color depending on what type of household product is added to it.

Write in invisible ink: Students get to create invisible ink and write with it!

Lemon battery: A battery is nothing more than a device that stores metals and chemicals. When the right combination of acids and metals come together they create electricity. Students will be able to create a basic battery with a lemon.

Alka seltzer rockets: Pour water into canisters, add a half a tablet of seltzer to water, add lid quickly and watch the tops pop! Students will see how powerful air pressure can be.

Sunprint craft: Sunprint craft is a way to make make permanent silhouettes of objects using sunlight.

Egg physics: Students will demonstrate how air contracts and expands with temperature. They will attempt to fit an egg threw a small opening in the top of a bottle without damaging the egg.

Straws through potatoes: It seems impossible to force a straw through a potato. However, with the right amount of air reinforcement, nothing more is needed to force a straw through a potato.

Water experiments: Students will participate in water experiments that demonstrate water tension and water displacement.

Hearing without ears: Children learn how snakes sense vibrations and why snakes rely on this sense over traditional hearing.

How strong is an egg?: This experiment will show how much pressure an egg can hold before it breaks. It will also teach the children how weight is distributed over a large surface.

Magnetism and migration of animals: Students will understand how the internal compass in migrating animals allows them to travel to familiar places without getting lost. This is a scientific experiment involving magnets.

Blubber hand: Students will put their hands into a plastic bag filled with lard. They will emerse their lard hand into ice water. The goal is to simulate what it is like to be a polar animal with a lot of blubber. The lard hand will not get as cold as a bare hand.

Hairy activity: Plastic jars and cotton balls are used to represent the effect of mammals' fur on their temperature.

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