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Things aren’t always as they appear – light refraction experiment

Experiment to demonstrate the principle of refraction Ever reached down into the bath tub water to grab a toy and found that it was not in the position it appeared to be in? What you are experiencing is the effect called refraction. When light enters the water (or any transparent material) it slows down slightly. If the light enters the water at an angle then this change in speed causes the light beam to bend away from its original path. This is called refraction. Let's conduct an experiment that allows us to see the effect of refraction. Fill the glass 2/3 full of water. Place the pencil in the glass holding it straight up and down ( not at an angle). Notice that the pencil…
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Fooling Around with your Mind

Using mirrors to confuse your brain (and Dad) Our eyes see everything going on around us.  The eyes then send this information to our brain which then interprets the information they are given.  Sometimes the brain has to fudge a little when making these interpretations.  This is especially true when our eyes see something that the brain knows cannot be true.  In cases like this, the brain interprets the information the best it can and may end up feeling a little bit Have Dad leave the room.  Don't say we didn't warn you. Glue the two mirrors together, back to back.  Be very careful not to cut yourself on the mirrors.  If the edges of the mirrors are too sharp, you may want to apply…
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Eyes in the back of your head

Build a homemade periscope Parents have eyes in the back of their heads – we all know that.  They always know what you’ve done, where you did it, and sometimes even why you did it.  We’ll never fully understand how they do this; even science cannot provide an explanation of this natural phenomena.  But, this experiment can at least put you on somewhat equal ground as we create a gadget that will literally let you see around corners… Cut off the angled top of the milk cartons so each carton has a squared off, open end. On the closed end of the carton, cut a small square hole on one of the sides.  Leave about ¼ inch of carton on each side of the hole. …
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Create an oven using a pizza box

Experiment to create a real oven using a pizza box Does you family head to the kitchen table every time they hear a fire siren? Do you get even with the neighborhood bully by inviting him over to dinner? Does Dad refer to the fire detector as the “oven timer”? It sounds like your family might need cooking lessons. Well Reeko can’t (or won’t) provide cooking lessons but he sure knows how to make a cool little oven – out of a pizza box! And while we’re at it we’ll learn how thermal collectors are able to collect sunlight and convert the solar radiation into heat. The sun is an ultimate form of energy and it has produced that energy for billions of years. Solar…
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An enlightening experiment

Using a mirror to check out the properties of light Light traveling in a straight line appears colorless. But there's more to light than just colorless nothingness. When light passes through a wedge shaped piece of glass called a prism, the light is separated into 7 different and unique colors. You see these colors when light passes through rain or moisture producing a rainbow. Place a mirror in the glass of water at an angle (let it lean against the side of the glass). Turn the glass so the mirror is facing the sun. Hold the paper at a slant in front of the glass. Move the paper around until you see the rainbow colors. You may need to move the paper around slightly until…
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