Science Experiments at Home

Science experiments do not all have to be done in the confines of a laboratory with a lot of devices for them to be enjoyable. You can try some of the experiments right at home, and it can be a good bonding experience if you have children.

Some great experiments to try at home include:

  • Rainbow in a glass: Whether a liquid floats or sinks in water depends on the density of the liquid. When sugar is added to a liquid, the density becomes higher. It is this logic that is used when creating rainbow in a glass. You can create solutions of different colours and different densities and put them in a glass. They will arrange themselves depending on their densities and the result will be what looks like a rainbow in a glass.
  • Rocket engine: Yes, you read that right! All you need is hydrogen peroxide, pasta that has not been cooked, source of fire, and yeast. Reacting hydrogen peroxide and yeast forms oxygen that passes through the pasta which when heated, becomes a rocket.
  • Magnetic liquid: When a liquid has particles of metals in nanoscale, it is called a ferro fluid. Ferro fluid can be used to create a magnet by mixing toner, oil and a magnet.
  • Learn how moss grows: Using different light settings, you can grow moss on bread. You can put different pieces under a variation of light and find out where moss is likely to grow. You never know what and when the items in your house can aid in science experiments. For instance, a roulette wheel is an easy way to teach probability.
  • Learn the effect of water expanding: If you fill a bottle of water to the brim, it will burst or get deformed as soon as the water turns into ice. This goes to show that water expands when frozen.
  • A volcano: You can create a small volcano at home when you mix vinegar and baking soda. Acidic and alkaline products react vigorously, and this gives out carbon dioxide. This causes small bubbles that can spill over, forming what looks like a lava flowing over.
  • Sparkling pennies: If you have some pennies that have started looking dull, you can clean them with vinegar. The acid in the vinegar will react with the metal used to make pennies and create sparkling coins.

What to do Before Doing Science Experiments at Home

  • Ensure that the ingredients you are using are safe. This is important when you are using toxic items such as acids. Do not try any ingredient whose safety you are not sure of.
  • Do research: Do not do any experiment that you have not researched on. Some of the ingredients when mixed together without prior research can be dangerous. Do not consume any ingredients from your science experiment unless you are sure of what you have created.
  • Ensure your house is safe: Avoid doing experiments in crowded places, or places that do not have enough air especially when you are working with chemicals. If you are working with fire, do not be near items that can easily catch fire.
  • Keep an eye on children: If you are working with young people, you should have your eyes on them all the time. Make sure they are not touching things without supervision.