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Science Guy: Using the power of the sun, it’s possible to pop a balloon — inside another balloon

Have you ever popped a balloon inside a balloon? If not, our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how by using the power of the sun. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Pop a Balloon Inside a Balloon INGREDIENTS • Magnifying Glass • Black Balloon • Clear Balloon INSTRUCTIONS STEP...

Science Guy: Inflate a balloon inside a bottle? Sure, but it’s more difficult than you think

Can you inflate a balloon inside a bottle? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist explain why it’s more difficult than you may think. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Balloon in a Bottle INGREDIENTS • Balloon • Bottle INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Pour the water out of the water...

Science Guy: Filler from your old bean bag chair, air pressure can be used for amazing experiment

Do you have a bean bag chair? If so, our “science guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how you can use those tiny pieces, inside the chair, to do an amazing experiment. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Mashing Matter INGREDIENTS • Bicycle Pump with Rubber Stopper • 1 Liter Clear...

Science Guy: Friction gives serious muscle power to pages of those old phone books

Do you have any old phone books? If so, don’t trash them. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and some kid scientists, show us how the pages, inside, have muscle power. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Phone Book Friction INGREDIENTS • Two Phone Books INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Overlap the pages...

Science Guy: Have an ordinary dollar bill handy? Here’s a way you can make it magnetic

Do you have a dollar bill? If so, did you know it’s magnetic? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist, explain why. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” INGREDIENTS • Neodymium Magnet • United States Dollar Bill INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Hold the dollar bill so it hangs freely from...

Science Guy: Want to avoid a face full of soda when you drop the can? Here’s how that works

Have you ever dropped your can of soda? Most people will tap the top before opening, but our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist say you should do something else. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Soda Can Shake INGREDIENTS • 2 Cans of Regular Soda • Transparent Cup INSTRUCTIONS STEP...

Science Guy: Alka-Seltzer not just for upset stomachs — it’s an ingredient in a fun experiment

Has your kid’s baby bottle ever exploded? Probably not! Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist, show us a special baby bottle, which will explode when you add an ingredient from the medicine cabinet. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Exploding Baby Bottle Ingredients • Hard...

Science Guy: Sharp objects usually fatal for balloons — except when they’re not

We all know sharp objects and balloons don’t go together. So, how can you get a skewer through a balloon, without popping it? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist, show us the science secret. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Skewer a Balloon INGREDIENTS · Skewer ·...

Science Guy: The key to making a homemade black snake for the Fourth? It’s all in the baking soda

Have you ever played with a “Black Snake?” Not the real one, the firework? When ignited, it smokes and creates ash resembling a snake. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey with Hooked on Science shows us how to create one by using a few ingredients from around the house. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked...

Science Guy: Don’t waste your breath — there are more effective ways to blow up a balloon

How do you inflate a balloon? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist say not to waste your breath, they show us how to use a few ingredients from the kitchen, to inflate a balloon. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Most likely you’re just like everyone else, if you are going to...

Science Guy: Common ingredients from your kitchen can keep your summer beverages colder

From keeping drinks cold to creating a camp fire, summer can offer a lot of challenges. All this month our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey introduces us to science hacks, you and your family can use, to help with some of summer’s biggest challenges. This week, he tells us how adding an ingredient from the kitchen, to your cooler, will keep your favorite summer beverages colder, faster. Go to –...

Science Guy: Suffering from sandy feet? Try using baby powder — it’s not just for babies anymore

From keeping drinks cold to creating a camp fire, summer can offer a lot of challenges. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey introduces us to a summer science hack, which uses something in your medicine cabinet to help remove pesky sand from your feet. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Baby Powder...

Science Guy: Need to start a camp fire? Reach for your bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, of course

From keeping drinks cold to creating a camp fire, summer can offer a lot of challenges. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey introduces us to a summer science hack, which uses a popular snack, to help you start a camp fire. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Fire Chips INGREDIENTS · Grill Lighter ·...

Science Guy: Bubbles are amazing — here’s a trick to experience one from the inside

Bubbles are amazing, but have you ever wanted to get inside a bubble? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey uses a few ingredients from around the house to put a kid inside a bubble. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” INGREDIENTS · Plastic Wading Pool · Water · Light Corn Syrup ·...

Science Guy: Styrofoam cup not a match for finger nail polish remover thanks to acetone

You are not going to believe what you can do with finger nail polish remover. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us why you should never get a Styrofoam cup close to acetone. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Do you drink your favorite drink from one of these, a foam cup?...

Science Guy: It may not be pretty, but a toilet paper tube can be turned into a pretty good light bulb

Have you ever wanted to create your own light bulb? If so, our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how to turn a toilet paper tube into a light bulb. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Using a few ingredients from around the house, you can engineer your very own light bulb....

Science Guy: Don’t waste your breath; here’s how to use some kitchen ingredients to inflate a balloon

How do you inflate a balloon? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist say not to waste your breath, they show us how to use a few ingredients from the kitchen, to inflate a balloon. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” “Most likely you’re just like everyone else, if you are going...

Science Guy: Don’t use your forehead — here’s how you can crush a can using only air around us

The air around us is stronger than you may think. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how the air is strong enough to crush a can. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” How do you crush cans? On your forehead? Maybe with your bare hands? You do it on your four head Conner?...

Science Guy: Sure, soap’s useful in the shower, but would you consider putting it in the microwave?

Some of you might use it in the shower, but have you ever considered putting it in the microwave? We’re talking about Ivory Soap and our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us what happens when the gas in your soap, is heated. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Microwavable...

Science Guy: Simple friction allows spinning plastic Easter egg to magically stand on its end

You are not going to believe the amazing science trick you can do with those plastic eggs you find around Easter. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how to spin a plastic egg on its side, so it magically stands on its end. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Egg Spinning INGREDIENTS ·...