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Friday, June 21, 2013

The Science Guy: Keep kids busy by turning
a few household items into fun experiments

Looking for something to keep the kids busy this summer?  If so, our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey with Hooked on Science shows you how to turn a few household items into fun science experiments. Here are two experiments to get you started.
 
 


Turkey baster pingpong ball launcher

Items needed:
 

·         Turkey Baster
·         Ping Pong Balls
 

Instructions:
 

STEP 1:  Remove the plastic piece of the turkey baster from the rubber piece of the turkey baster. 
 

STEP 2:  Place a ping pong ball into the open part of the rubber piece of the turkey baster, squeeze, and observe.     
 

Explanation: As you squeeze the rubber piece of the turkey baster you create enough force to push the ping pong ball out, causing it to shoot through the air. 
 


 

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Rubber band watermelon

It’s a summer time treat many love to eat, but what happens when you stretch 400 rubber bands around a watermelon? Let’s find out.
 

Items needed: 
 

·         Watermelon
·         400 Rubber Bands
 

Instructions:
 

STEP 1:  Have an adult stretch 400 rubber bands around the center of the watermelon.
 

STEP 2:  After you placed the 400th rubber band around the watermelon, observe from a safe distance.   
 
 
Explanation: After several hours, the rubber bands will cut the watermelon in half.  The potential energy in the rubber bands will transfer through the watermelon causing pieces of the watermelon to shoot through the air. 
 


 

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Click here for more experiments that might get you and your family “Hooked on Science.”
 

Jason Lindsey is an award-winning science educator and author.  Jason studied science and journalism at Western Kentucky University, focusing on general science with an emphasis in meteorology and climatology. Each year he performs hands-on science experiments at hundreds of schools and community events throughout the United States, as well as produces produces and hosts a hands-on science segment airing on television stations across the nation. He previously worked as a chief meteorologist, backpack journalist, science reporter and webmaster.

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