13 Science Projects Explained In 6 Seconds Or Less

Just because it’s science doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. Learn the simple science behind these well known experiments, then submit your own in the world’s first #6SecondScience Fair.

1. Mixing candy with soda will create a brilliant blast!

We’ve all seen the Diet Coke and Mentos trick before, but why does it work? The unique surface area of the Mentos speeds up the reaction of carbon dioxide in the soda. This mysterious chemical reaction was recently discovered by MythBusters.

2. Using a lit match to vacuum an egg into a bottle without breaking it.

This seems impossible, but really it’s as simple as a change in air pressure. See for yourself.

3. Juicing up your electronics with lemons, pennies, and nails.

The acidic juice in the lemon allows electrodes to flow through and create a current. Learn how to make your own lemon battery here.

4. Good vibrations make this cornstarch and water mixture dance!

A solution of cornstarch and water, aka non-Newtonian fluid, aka ooze, does not have a constant viscosity. When left alone, they look like a liquid. When pushed by the vibration of a speaker, they look like a solid.

5. Layering these colorful liquids is anything but dense.

Density is the key to this colorful concoction. More dense liquids sink to the bottom, while the less dense liquids rise to the top. Now go make your own seven layer color cocktail!

6. Making billions of bubbles and lots of heat from a few household ingredients.

The foamy substance, which is the result of an exothermic reaction, is created when water, soap, and yeast are mixed with hydrogen peroxide. It’s simple, try making your own elephant toothpaste.

7. Creating a tornado with your own two hands.

Via ge.com

Swirling a bottle of water lets the air pass through the center of the vortex without disrupting the flow of the water, thus creating a tornado in a bottle.

8. Making your cocktail glow in the dark!

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Tonic water contains a chemical called quinine which, besides giving it a unique taste, also makes it glow in the dark when exposed to black light.
Do it yourself.

9. Bending water with a balloon and comb!

Magic? Not really. It’s just static electricity. Try it yourself by rubbing a comb on a balloon then pressing the comb against a stream of water.

10. Freezing bubbles with dry ice.

When dry ice is put in water it changes from a solid to a gas, creating clouds of CO2 fog that fill up your frozen bubble. Not too complicated, right?

11. Making your own candy.

Rock candy is formed when a highly concentrated sugar solution is boiled in water. Sound tasty?
Make your own here.

12. Hypnotizing your friends with a homemade lava lamp!

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You probably know by now that oil and water don’t mix very well. Add an Alka-Seltzer tablet and some food coloring, and watch as small bubbles of carbon dioxide gas take the colored water along for a ride. Here’s how to make your own groovy lava lamp.

13. Fixing some tie-dye cereal for breakfast.

If you’ve got milk, you’ve got science. When you combine milk with dish detergent and food coloring, surface tension is lowered causing a swirl of colors.

Now go ahead and put your newfound knowledge to the test. Create your own experiments on Vine using the hashtag #6SecondScience for a chance to be featured by GE.

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