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The California Science Center's archive of do-it-yourself science projects.  You can make a polymer out of Borax and white glue, examine the colors in marker ink, play with ping pong balls and Bernoulli's Principle, and much more.
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Restriction: © 2001 California Science Center
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Keywords: activities, demonstrations, experiment, fun, projects
Record Creator: Metadata instance created February 4, 2004 by Timothy Russin
Record Updated: May 27, 2004 by Bruce Mason
Do-It-Yourself Science (Editor: California Science Center)
Date: 06/01/2004

In Do-It-Yourself Science, the California Science Center offers four hands-on activities that are easy to do at home with everyday materials. The activities are
· Making the polymer "Gak"
· Separating the colors in inks (paper chromatography)
· Levitating a ping-pong ball in an airstream
· Trying to blow a ping-pong ball out of a funnel
All are fun and worthwhile, and several have colorful animated instructions, provided you have the Shockwave plug-in.

The site includes explanations of the science, which are at the appropriate level for youngsters who will perform these activities. These are well written, but the explanation for Floating in Air includes the statement, "Pressure is what we call it when something pushes on something else." Actually a push is a force, whereas pressure is the force on a standard unit of area.

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