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11 Amazing DIY Ways To Visualize Science

Find inspiration from everyday objects around you. After all, science is in everything! Submit a science or engineering project to the 2016 Google Science Fair. Open for submissions until May 17.

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1. Visualize the unique sound waves created by all of your favorite music tracks.

Placing salt on a metal plate that's connected to a tone generator allows you to visualize tonal patterns of varying complexity.

2. Make a simple and elegant motor at home with a battery and a magnet.


With a neodymium magnet and a copper wire, you can create a simple homopolar motor.

3. Make wave dynamics with BBQ skewers and gummy bears.

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A machine to demonstrate simple wave phenomena can be created with skewered gummy bears stretched out over a length of tape.

4. Amaze your party guests by floating a magnet through a copper pipe.


Every party is better with magnets! A magnet, when dropped through a copper pipe, induces a current that repels it and slows its fall.

5. Create sculptures with flowing water and audio frequencies.

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In this video illusion, running a hose through a speaker creates a sine wave that will make the water appear in a corkscrew shape.

6. Pour your favorite beverage into an icy slushy with the power of supercooling.


Chilling a liquid below its stated freezing point without it crystalizing is called supercooling. A simple way to supercool water is to take distilled water and freeze it next to a bottle of tap water. When the tap water freezes, remove the distilled water (now supercooled) and pour over an ice cube, which will cause the stream to crystallize and freeze.

7. Go deeper and get a closer look at your ant farming.


The new trend in home ant farming is transparent gel that let you see all of the tunnels as they're being formed.

8. Have more fun with your dry ice fog.


With dry ice and dish soap, you can create a giant fog-filled bubble. Drop the ice in the water and quickly form a bubble film over the bowl.

9. Bend a beam of light with a laser pointer and a clear bottle.


A beam of light, shot through a bottle of transparent liquid, will bend with the stream as it exits a hole. Fiber-optic cables operate on the same principle.

10. If you've got some sulfur hexafluoride laying around, here's a cool way to trick your friends.


This dense, invisible gas allows you to create the illusion of light, airtight objects floating in air.

11. Build your own subatomic particle detector.

A sponge, alcohol, and dry ice allow you to visualize the trails created by electrons.

What will spark your scientific exploration? Learn more about this year's Google Science Fair:

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