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Why do scorpions glow under UV light?

Did you know this?!

Last week at the Science & Nature Easter Holiday club, we met Spike – the scorpion. Spike’s owner, Ranger Russ, taught us loads about all his animals that he brought in for us to see, such as Millie the Millipede, Chomper the Tarantula, and Clive the 12ft python! However I was particularly intrigued by Spike’s special ability to glow under a UV torch, so I looked into this phenomenon a bit more and here’s what I found out…..

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Fireworks in a Jar

3 easy steps you’ve got to try!

Fireworks in a Jar is one of our favourite demonstrations and is so easy to do.

The colours explode into the water and create a tumbling rainbow which is mesmerising to watch, the colourful columns change shape as they gracefully fall, and new colours are formed as the original ones mix together.

This activity is not just pretty to look at, it creates an opportunity for talking and teaching about immiscible liquids, garvity & diffusion, which all play a part in this colourful display.

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Orbeez Magic

Orbeez magic is an optical illusion science activity which takes advantage of the fact that kids love Orbeez! An object disappears amongst clear Orbeez…..until, that is…. you add water – so cool!! Do this at home, and get your kids amazed at the magic…erm…I mean science behind Orbeez magic. Either just enjoy the magical demonstration or turn it into your own experiment at home or in school. Watch videos and follow the how to guide….

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Rainbow Paper

Rainbow Paper

Rainbow Paper is so easy and cheap to make and you are blending a cool bit of science with art too! There are so many things you can make with your Rainbow Paper once it has dried, so this science activity nicely leads onto various craft activities.

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Bead on a String Puzzle: the solution!

Here is the solution to the Bead (or nut!) on a String puzzle. If you came to the busy Magic Mayhem Saturday Science Club workshop, you may have made one of these. In this puzzle you challenge your friends and family to move the nut from one loop to the other. It’s very tricky and if you have forgotten how to do it, I’ve made this little video of the solution below. Good luck!

 

 

The best slime ever!

We’ve just made the best slime ever…..and it smells amazing!

This slime is so easy to make!

Here at Sciencedipity we help kids make a lot of slime. Whether it be at a school chemistry workshop, a fun community event or a birthday party, we have literally made 1000s of pots of slime with kids.

We experiment a fair amount with different slime recipes, but this recipe is so fab, it really is our best slime ever. We’re so happy about our new slime that we’ve just got to tell you about it!

This slime is

  • amazingly soft and light.
  • super stretchy.
  • smells devine.
  • smells amazing.
  • is sublime!!

This slime is made using our standard recipe but with hair mousse added, which make it so soft and makes it smell great!

Its so easy to make (as our video shows) and here’s how we did it together with tips on the best glue and things you need to know about borax.

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