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6 Ridiculously Cool Scientific Projects For Kids

6 Ridiculously Cool Scientific Projects For Kids

Super-cooled Water

Ice needs something to hold on to. We all need someone to grab onto to keep us strong, and so does ice. Without a nuclei to form around water, will stay water even below freezing temperatures with something to initiate the process if it turning to ice. If you super-cool purified water bottle by yourself you can pour them onto ice to make an instant ice cone, or a tower of ice like in this video.

Directions:

Put your water in a freezer, then let it sit in the refrigerator for a day. Make sure it hasn’t frozen yet, and be careful with them. The water could freeze on you at the slightest touch, in fact you can tap them and they will freeze instantly. If they don’t freeze well enough when you pour them give them more time in the freezer, just a little. They should be cooler than freezing temperatures. If they don’t freeze when you pour them you don’t have a nucleus for them to freeze around, stick an ice cube half in the glass and hold it, it will stay. Remember to be careful with them and pour quickly or it will freeze in the neck of the bottle.

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    Mentos and Cola

    This turns out to be another case of nucleation. Because Mentos have a porous surface and are dense they drop into the bottle fast, creating a physical reaction with the carbonation in the cola. Aspartame, which is a rather unhealthy sweetener found in high concentrations in diet sodas also facilitates this reaction. Putting dish soap in the 2 liter before you try it will give you a bigger geyser. Just get some diet Coke, and a pack of Mentos, and have fun.

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      Magnetic putty and anything metal, The mechanical Blob (That ate everything Metal)

      This is a complicated project, but one your children will enjoy. You’ll need some magnetite or iron oxide (Fe3O4), Elmer’s glue, Starch (liquid), and some bowls to mix it up in. Here are the instructions to make it, the page calls for other magnets but those aren’t necessary because the iron oxide is magnetic, but if you already have some rare earth mineral sitting around the kids can have even more silly fun with making and playing with it. Just make sure you don’t have metal ceiling fans that are hard to reach!

      1. Mix equal parts starch and Elmer’s glue and continue to add magnetite to the mix to get a good consistency.
      2. Dry it off wait for it to set, and remember to wash your kids hands off, let them mix it, that’s the fun part.
      3. Get a magnet or metal object and play with the magnetic putty all day, or for weeks, however long it take for them to get bored with it.

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        Acids and Bases, a marriage of opposites

        This is one experiment that every child should know. The basic vinegar and baking soda experiment, add a little food coloring and you have a rainbow of “exploding” gases.

        1. Get some cups and a good place to get food coloring all over.
        2. put vinegar into the cup and add food coloring to your liking.
        3. mix them up then add a spoon of baking soda in the cups to light your rainbow up.

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          This can be a fun artistic project as well; let your kid mix the food coloring to their own array of colors. You can even let them add the baking soda, this is a very small and basic chemical reaction. But if you really want that “nailed it moment” visit this page to get the proper instructions for the picture perfect rainbow.

          Building a Better mousetrap

          Your child may be bored with coloring by now, he or she has sat through too many classes where they were forced to paint or share their feelings and they might be bored with that. If they’re interested in what dad does in the garage maybe they’d like to learn how to make power with this fun scientific project. Everyone likes electricity, especially kids today. If they want to know what had to be done to power their I-Pad maybe you can Watch this video and help them make their first generator. Mechanical engineering and new energy is very lucrative, but don’t tell them they may be be learning about their future job! Kids don’t want to hear about how they might not be a ballerina/cowboy or Superman. Let’s not break it to them that Superman is literally the only Kryptonian left.

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          Directions:

          1. Cut out a cardboard square.
          2. Get a large nail, tape it with electrical tape and affix two magnets to the middle.
          3. Get your cardboard and make a cube with it. (it will obviously now have two open ends this is okay)
          4. Makes holes in the cube so that the nail can go through it, and the magnets can fit inside.
          5. Wrap a lot of copper wire around your cardboard so that you can still twirl the nail inside it.
          6. Get two wires and hook them up to the copper coil, then attach them to a small bulb and twirl the nail till it lights up. Viola!

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            Cooking is a Chemical Reaction too

            • 1 cup sugar
            • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
            • pinch of salt
            • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
            • 4-5 drops neon blue food coloring

            Directions:

            1. Place sugar, corn syrup and salt in a heavy duty pan with a thick bottom.
            2. Over low heat, slowly bring mixture to a boil, stirring often.
            3. Let it boil until it reaches 300 degrees or hard crack stage.
            4. Remove from heat and add peppermint extract and food coloring.  Stir.
            5. Poor in a parchment lined pan.
            6. Let cool completely.
            7. Use your hands or a knife to crack the candy into smaller pieces, or crush them up and put them in a bag
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              Ashley Phipps

              After a hard day of learning about science, why not have them help you make a treat? The science is basic mix ingredients and add heat. The blue peppermint rock candy was inspired by frozen, and any child will love that Elsa has made them special candy with her magical powers. If have you have much older children who enjoy the Breaking Bad series, an alternative to the frozen theme could be a simple hint that a man named Heisenberg stopped by to give them some “samples.” If you know any chemistry teachers you could also drop off a bag of this to them at work.

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                A full list of activities for your child can be found here. There are 35 fun Scientific Projects that you and your family can enjoy with simple ingredients and make right at home.

                Featured photo credit: smartschoolhouse.com via buzzfeed.com

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                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

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