Watch Someone Create a Working Lava Lamp From This DIY Science Kit

Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 2:42PM
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Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 2:42PM
Watch Someone Create a Working Lava Lamp From This DIY Science Kit
Everyone who's ever been through a school science fair knows that there are three projects that inevitably pop up: the baking soda and vinegar volcano, the potato battery, and the styrofoam solar system model. Lame, lame, lame. The people at General Electric have come up with way cooler science projects, each contained in its own little kit. The program is called Labracadabra, and our favorite is definitely the DIY Lava Lamp. Check out the videos below!

1. The Foaming Fountain


This is like the baking soda volcano's cooler cousin—it uses yeast, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide to create an explosive mixture that erupts out of the beaker and releases steam as it bubbles up. As the video explains, this is an example of an exothermic reaction—a chemical reaction that releases heat. For extra style points, you can add food coloring to get a multi-colored eruption. 



2. The Bouncing Bubble


This one is great for parties—just stir the mixture, dip in the pipette, and blow perfectly round bubbles that don't break—not easily, anyway. You can bounce these bubbles, push them around, and even at bat them with crazy Muppet gloves. It all has to do with surface tension and chemical bonds between water and corn syrup, which make the bubbles a lot more durable.



3. The Lava Lamp


There's something entrancing about lava lamps, like watching them somehow reveals deeper truths about the universe. What keeps the bubbles rising and falling? What are the globs of goo? What is the secret of life? Well, now you can build your own lava lamp, complete with psychedelic colors (spoiler: the secret of life is chemistry). Check out this thing in action:



One of the coolest parts of these kits is that they're all integrated with Amazon's Alexa, which acts as a robotic lab assistant that guides you through the experiments. You can check out more about Labracadabra and the kits here!
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