Chemical Reactions

Make a Christmas-time glitter globe (aka snow globe)

In this science experiment we will mix molecules to make a glitter globe ( a "snow globe"). We will combine rubbing alcohol, vegetable oil, and a few other tiny, shiny things to make a cool science toy. How to make a glitter globe Fill a clear plastic or glass bottle 1/4 full of rubbing alcohol. Add one drop of food coloring if you want to give the liquid mix some color (and make it easier to differentiate the alcohol layer from the layer of oil that we will add next).Note: if you want to use your snow globe for decorative purposes, skip the food coloring altogether. Fill the remainder of the bottle with baby or vegetable oil (the oil will sit on top of the alcohol).  Leave…
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Chemistry

Ultra Cold LN2 Replacement

Ultra Cold LN2 Replacement that will instantly freeze anything! NOTE: THIS EXPERIMENT IS HIGHLY HAZARDOUS AND CAN RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO BE CONDUCTED BY CHILDREN BUT RATHER, SHOULD BE CONDUCTED BY SICENCE TEACHERS ONLY! Liquid nitrogen, represented by the equation LN2, is often used in higher level science experiments. In this experiment, we’ll create a liquid with the same “ultra cold” properties found in liquid nitrogen. You’ll need two plastic bottles, one slightly smaller than the other. Cut the tops off of both bottles. Cut a few inches down so all of the curved neck of the bottle is removed. In the smaller bottle poke a bunch of holes in the sides and bottom of the bottle. Now place…
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Chemistry

Burning through Money experiment (or is it a magic trick?)

Burning through Money In this experiment, we’ll freak Dad out by setting a five-dollar bill on fire and laughing madly as it burns. The flames will mysteriously snuff themselves out and the five-dollar bill will be left unharmed. Hmmmm… Is this science or magic? Well, given the name of this website we all know that it is pure science but we’ll tell Dad it’s magic just to see his eyes go big. Oh yeah, and we’ll tell you how to make $20 extra dollars in the deal too… Before we begin, ask your Dad for a five-dollar bill and a twenty-dollar bill. Tell him the twenty-dollar bill is insurance to ensure the five-dollar bill does not get harmed. Tuck the twenty-dollar bill into your pocket. If Dad…
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Chemical Reactions

Oil and water don’t mix

Immiscible liquids, like oil and water, don't mix After a rainstorm have you ever noticed puddles in the road with glossy-looking oil floating on top? Ever noticed the oil spots that sometimes form in your chicken-noodle soup? Ever notice how Reeko occasionally writes 'lead ins' to the experiments that have absolutely nothing at all to do with the experiment? Why does the oil float on the water rather than mixing with it? This experiment will take some of the mystery out of this phenomenon. Take a jar of water and put a drop of food coloring in it (Reeko prefers blue ). Now pour in some vegetable oil. Next stir or shake the jar. Do the oil and water mix? Finally, take another jar of…
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Atomic/Electric

Piezo Explosive Popper

Piezo Explosive Popper Kids love things that go boom. Throw in some flames and you've got one of the most popular experiments in Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab. The piezo popper, also known as the film cannon, binaca bomb, or photo flash, lets us release energy from a rapidly combusting fuel-air mixture and use that expanding air to blow the top off a film canister. The force of the mini-explosion will be so great that we'll be able to propel the canister over 3 stories in the air! Take apart the fireplace lighter and look for the "igniter" part. The igniter is the "clicker" mechanism and will have a button that is pressable and two metal connection points. The clicker button will be used to trigger…
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