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Thermodynamics & Heat
Learn about the structure of metals as you use a paper clip to turn mechanical work into heat!
What happens to a helium balloon in an accelerating car?
Learn the physics behind making this tasty treat
Embrace your inner 1970’s teenage self with this makeshift lava lamp
Create your own homemade thermometer
You can detect the tiny mass of air with materials from around the house
Create your own indoor rainstorm
What's the best way to turn a tea bag into a flying "rocket"? Set it on fire.
This experiment is "Outta this world!" Make your own rocket ship... for ants.
Normally if you put a balloon over a flame, the balloon will pop, but what happens when you put a water balloon over a flame?
Have you ever come in from a day of sledding or ice skating and sat down for a drink of cold chocolate? Or had a glass of hot lemonade in the summer? Probably not. We use hot water for some things and cold water for others. Have you ever thought about what makes hot water hot and cold water cold?
Knowing the temperature outside is important if you live in Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; or one of the many other places where the temperature can change by 30 degrees from one day to the next. Want to make your own thermometer?
Most people associate Ben Franklin with electricity, but his first recorded experiment was on something totally different – color and heat. You’ve probably noticed that you heat up faster in the sunlight if you’re wearing a dark shirt.
What did people do before microwaves? Imagine having to use the oven to heat up your leftover pizza or an air popper to make popcorn…and how else could you make these amazing soap sculptures?