Free Experiments

  1. Glowing Rubber Egg

    Glowing Rubber Egg

    Soak a raw- egg in vinegar and highlighter ink to transform it into a fluoro bouncy ball!

    Suitable for kids aged 4+ with parental supervision

     

    You Need:

    • Raw egg
    • Glass or jar, big enough to hold the egg
    • Vinegar
    • Highlighter ink for highlighter pen (this may require some pliers)
    • Ultra violet torch (otherwise known as a black light)

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  2. ‘Do Not Open’ Water Bottle Prank

    ‘Do Not Open’ Water Bottle Prank

    April Fool’s is coming up! Try this science prank on your family and friends.

    What you need:

    • Plastic bottle with lid
    • Water
    • Permanent marker 
    • Pin or thumbtack

     

    What to do:

    1. Fill a water bottle with water to the top and screw the lid on.
    2. With a permanent marker write 'DO NOT USE'.
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  3. Fizzy, Science Lemonade

    Fizzy, Science Lemonade

    Fizzy, refreshing lemonade that is full of science discovery! 

    What you need:

    • 2 lemons
    • Sugar or any sweetner
    • Baking soda
    • Water

     

    What to do:

    1. Juice 2 lemons.
    2. Add an equal amount of cold water.
    3. Add one teaspoon of sugar or any sweetener
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  4. Balloon Popping Trick

    Balloon Popping Trick

    Can you pop a balloon without touching it?

    Yes you can! All you need to know is the balloon’s secret nemesis- the humble orange (or lemon)! That’s
    right— latex balloons have a major citrus allergy.

    What you need:
    ● Balloon
    ● Citrus fruit


    What to do:

    1. Blow up a latex balloon.

    2. Take a peel from a citrus fruit (orange or lemon will work) and squeeze it hard enough to spray the oil
    from the peel at the balloon.

    OR scratch the zest off or a lemon, making sure you get plenty of zesty oil on your finger (invisible to the
    naked eye) and pop your balloon in front of your friends with a single, light touch- your friends will be
    lost for words!

    3. You’ll see that exposure to the citrus oil immediately pops your latex balloon.

    Why is it so?

    Well, there is a chemical in citrus fruits called limonene, which is a hydrocarbon that is actually used in

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  5. Gripping Rice Experiment

    Gripping Rice Experiment

    Can you pick up a bottle of rice without touching the bottle?

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  6. Growing Sugar Monster

    Growing Sugar Monster

    Grow an amazing sugar monster from common kitchen ingredients! 

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  7. Crystal Christmas Ornaments

    Crystal Christmas Ornaments

    Grow your own pretty crystal ornaments to hang with a solution of Borax.

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  8. Explosive Chemistry Competition

    2019 is The International Year of the Periodic Table, and to celebrate we are holding an Explosive Chemistry Competition!

    How To Enter

    Send us a photo or a video of a chemical reaction taking place somewhere in or around your house. It could be something cooking, something burning or even an actual experiment - any process where a new substance is formed. Along with your image(s), send us a short explanation of what is happening in the photo/video. 

    Send us your entry by email or snail mail. 

    Email entries to:

    competitions@madaboutscience.com.au

    Or send entries via snail mail to:
    Mad About Science Competitions,
    1A/981 Mountain Highway
    Boronia, VIC, 3155

    Prizes

    Our Dino prize pack includes everything in the phot

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  9. The Oobleck Egg Drop!

    The Oobleck Egg Drop!

    Try this awesome combination of two classic science activities - Oobleck Slime and the Egg Drop. The result of this experiment might surprise you! 

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  10. Ferocious Dino Competition

    It is time for our first competition of 2019, and we have a massive dino-sized, dino-themed pack of prizes up for grabs - see below for how to enter and a list of all the goodies on offer!

    How To Enter

    1. Firstly, think of your favourite dinosaur. Is it the terrifying T-Rex, the armoured Stegosaurus, the speedy Velociraptor or Australia's own Muttaburrasaurus?
    2. Next, create a drawing or painting or any other form of artwork of your dinosaur.
    3. Now, think of the features (also called 'adaptations') that your dinosaur has that enable it to survive. These might be things that help it to catch and eat its prey, or perhaps defend itself from predators. Choose three features and label them on or next to your artwork.
    4. Send your entry to us, by email (see below) or 'snail mail'. All entries must be with us by Friday, 19th April

    Send us your entry by email or snail mail. 

    Email entries to:

    competitions@madaboutscience.com.au

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