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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.

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                Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                4. Feed Your Brain

                Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                6. Write it Down

                If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                7. Listen to Music

                Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                8. Visual Concepts

                In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                9. Teach Someone Else

                Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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