Have a question? My team and I are happy to hear your questions and get you answers! When you type a question, it shows up not only on that experiment but also here so you can easily find your answer. You'll find question boxes at the bottom of every experiment in the program.

Question: from Megan Goebel about the Earthquakes! experiment :

where is the seismograph work sheet for this video?

Question: from Karen Daley about the Electric fields are like Gravitational Fields experiment :

In the static electricity and balloon activities, we purposely built up a negative charge in the balloon and then observed what happened in situations of induction and conduction. What about objects we come near or touch through out the day--what sort of electrical field changes or movements are going on, and is there a way to sense it?

Question: from Shelley Reid about the Driveway Races experiment :

We are new to Supercharged Science and haven't really learned our way around yet. Question number 4 on the excercises asks "what is the highest acceleration it can reach?" We are not sure how to figure out that question. If we don't understand how to answer a question, where can we go to find the explanation?

Answer:  Newton's Third Law of Motion

A rocket can travel through space because it's constantly throwing material out the back end which causes it to move forward. it doesn't matter if there's a vacuum or of the rocket is in an atmosphere... it's got to do with how the forces are applied. Do a search in the sear bar for "rocket teleclass" and watch it - it will probably answer a lot of your questions!

Question: from Aimee Cox about the Newton's Third Law of Motion experiment :

Can you explain how a rocket can travel in space? We learned that space is a vacuum so I don't know how it does.

Question: from joliekneen14 about the Basic Chemistry Safety Information experiment :

Safety first!

Answer:  Scientific Method Made Easy

You should have controls, including time duration and RR and FF. What kind of device are you viewing the videos from, and what browser?

Answer:  Underwater R.O.V. Robot

I am sorry I am not understanding your question... what is that you are looking for? The parts, or access to instructions, or something else?

Question: from Kelly Krampitz about the Scientific Method Made Easy experiment :

It would be nice if you included the controls to rewind and fast forward, as well as see how long the video is and how long is left. I cannot do this on my PC or Mac.

Question: from joliekneen14 about the What's a Joule? experiment :

Hmmmmmm,cool!

Question: from Christina Galvan about the Hovercraft Spaceship experiment :

The screen wont show up

Question: from Patricia De Lazzari about the Underwater R.O.V. Robot experiment :

I do not have it can you give it to me my son really wants to do it

Answer:  Microscopes and Telescopes

Anything under $100 for a microscope is going to be junk and frustrate you you enough to throw it away. I'd stick with a nice pair of binoculars (around $100-150) before buying a telescope to be sure you're really ready for one. The minimum for a telescope is around $400-600. Usually your local astronomy club will have "loaner" scopes for you to take home and test out before you buy one if you are a member of their club.

Question: from Olwen watkins Olwen watkins about the Specific Heat Capacity experiment :

cool

Question: from Olwen watkins Olwen watkins about the Microscopes and Telescopes experiment :

how much is the investment

Answer:  Cool Milk Trick

Let me know if it works... it should! Aurora

Question: from Andrea Albury about the Cool Milk Trick experiment :

is it okay if we diluted the milk already?

Answer:  Measuring the Speed of Light with a Chocolate Bar

Try moving the chocolate bar around - the second hotspot might be just beyond the edge of the bar.

Question: from Adilah Muhammad about the Measuring the Speed of Light with a Chocolate Bar experiment :

Our chocolate bar is only producing one hotspot. Are there supposed to be two hotspots? Our chocolate bar is 5.5 inches. Does this effect the outcome of the hotspots? Will we be able to continue with only one hotspot?

Question: from Lisa Pearson about the Flying Contraptions experiment :

cool! we built this and it was great.

Question: from Lisa Pearson about the Sensing Temperature experiment :

My son was fastened!

Question: from Patti Heilmann about the Stairstep Candles experiment :

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answer:  Trebuchet

Try logging in first!

Question: from Ingrid Cordano about the Roller Skate Belts experiment :

:)

Question: from Ingrid Cordano about the Roller Skate Belts experiment :

I love it!:)

Question: from Ingrid Cordano about the First, Second, and Third Class Levers experiment :

Love it! :)

Question: from Ingrid Cordano about the Trebuchet experiment :

It won't load! :(

Answer:  Laundry Soap Crystals

Diamond are made of carbon, not laundry soap, so in this case, while it make look like a diamond, the internal chemical structure is laundry soap, so that's what you get!

Answer:  What happens to helium when you chill it?

Anytime you have a large temperature difference, the object will heat up faster than if the temperature were closer to the object. For example, if you take a frozen (plastic) bottle of water and place it in the refrigerator, it will stay frozen for a couple of days. However when you stick it on the counter (which is warmer than the fridge), it will thaw in a couple of hours. Does that make sense?

Question: from Brook Batzel about the Laundry Soap Crystals experiment :

can it make diamonds??

Question: from Kelli Kruid about the What happens to helium when you chill it? experiment :

Hey Aurora It's Kaden Kruid I was wondering what happens when you heat something at 0 Kelvin then heat it up really quickly

Answer:  Specific Heat Capacity

Gold liquefies (turns from solid to liquid) at 1,064 deg C (1,946 deg F) and water at 100 deg C (212 deg F). The heat capacity of gold is 0.129 J/g deg C and for water it's 4.148 J/g deg C. What that means is that water has absorbs 4.184 Joules of heat in order for 1 gram of water to increase 1 degree C, whereas for gold, it only has to absorb 0.129 Joules of heat before 1 gram of gold goes up 1 deg C. Water has a huge heat capacity!

Answer:  Hot Ice Sculptures

Yes, even the slightest disturbance can trigger the phase change to start. You can place it in a clean glass jar in a pot of warm water on the stove, then slowly bring the water up in temperature. As soon as the crystals have liquefied, remove it from heat without disturbing it and let it cool. Then you can start again. You can dispose of it in the trash. It's totally reusable over and over, so if you think you might want to do it again, just store it for later use. And yes, many students are so perfection-driven that it either paralyzes them so they do anything at all, or are so terrified of making a mistake (and a mess) that no science ever gets done at all. Science is all about making mistakes, learning, and asking questions. If it's not messy, wet, or on fire, you're not doing it right. *smile* Seriously, if you can relax, enjoy and have fun during the process, you'll be more resourceful and inquisitive during the process, and that's what science is all about. They have kid size plastic gloves on places like Amazon.com, or I've used a loose rubber band around the wrist to secure plastic grocery bags for small hands in a pinch.

Answer:  Monocots and Dicots

This is one of the very few experiments that didn't have a worksheet or video - just enjoy the information and them move onto the next one!

Answer:  Salty Eggs

No - you can leave it on.

Answer:  Periodic Table

Electrolysis experiment is here: http://www.sciencelearningspace.com/2009/10/electrolysis/

Answer:  Burglar Alarm Activated by a Tripwire

Make sure you are logged in - try logging out then back in. Did that help?

Answer:  Laundry Soap Crystals

Yes - make sure you are logged in first to see the video!

Question: from Karen Daley about the Specific Heat Capacity experiment :

Karis asks: So how does the heat capacity of gold and water relate to each other in terms of both the temperatures of their melting points and heat capacity?

Question: from Sreevalli Nookala about the Laundry Soap Crystals experiment :

Is there a video here or am I unable to see it?

Question: from Melanie Williamson about the Burglar Alarm Activated by a Tripwire experiment :

i don't have the video ether I 'm on the computer.

Question: from Lisa Guidry about the Periodic Table experiment :

where would we go to view the video mentioned at the end of this video?

Question: from Siana Lott about the Hot Ice Sculptures experiment :

We tried the experiment as instructed and when the second packet was snipped it immediately started to crystalize, we will try again as suggested above. Is ok to store the sodium acetate in a glass jar (clean jelly jar with lid) with a tight lid if not what do you suggest? Lastly, what is the best way to dispose of the sodium acetate and the plastic bags it came with? Loved the experiment. Thank you for the statement, "Being resilient is one of the marks of a great scientist..." was priceless, as my son likes everything to work exactly as planned the first time. The disposable plastic gloves I have are too large for my fifth grader, do you have a suggestion as to where to purchase plastic gloves for children, bulk or non-bulk. PS: We ordered our packets from Walmart.

Question: from Julie Treat about the Real Slime: Orange Bacteria experiment :

Really yucky looking.

Question: from Julie Treat about the Predator-Prey: Who Eats Whom? experiment :

They should make one that requires bulldog ants.

Question: from Andrea Albury about the Salty Eggs experiment :

do we have to take the shell off after we boiled it?

Question: from Evangeline Gregory about the Learn How to Solder and Build a Police Siren experiment :

haha im sorry disregard my last comment. i just realized the kit i have is the actual Police Siren kit. i believe i was lookin at the wrong video

Question: from Evangeline Gregory about the Learn How to Solder and Build a Police Siren experiment :

in the first video, one of the first things we are instructed to do is to use an r10 resistor (grey black and red), however in the kit i received for these experiments, i only have r1 to r9 resistors, along with r4a and r6a. There isn't an r10.

Question: from Mark Covalt about the Monocots and Dicots experiment :

Is there a video for this one? Anything to print? Thanks, Mark

Answer:  Eyeballoon

The reason it's upside down is due to the shape/focal length of the lens, not the material it's made of.

Answer:  Cosmic Ray Detector

You need something small and lightweight for the leaves so they can move with the lightest charge.

Question: from Adilah Muhammad about the Eyeballoon experiment :

Does it matter if the lens is plastic or glass? We used a glass lens and the candle appeared upside down.

Question: from Melanie Williamson about the Cosmic Ray Detector experiment :

does any metal work?

Question: from Melanie Williamson about the Hot Liquids and Cool Solids experiment :

when I mixed the super washing soda with water and got a warm solution. is super washing soda different than washing soda?

Answer:  Thermometers

Yes it actually exists! Scientists use triple point cells to calibrate thermometers. On Earth, the triple point of water happens when you ice skate. The temperature of the ice is just about at the triple point, and when the weight of the skater presses on the ice, it creates a thin layer of liquid (which makes gliding possible), which soon evaporates in water vapor. On Mars, the conditions are just about at the triple point for water, so water would be able to exist in all three phases at the same time. You can do an experiment to create the triple point of water like this one (this would make for a fantastic science project!): https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tackling-the-triple-point/

Answer:  Lie Detector Circuit

I would remove it from the circuit and build the circuit again. Sounds like you ran power to the wrong leads. Try again! It happens to everyone.

Question: from Candyce Ovadal about the Lie Detector Circuit experiment :

My 2N3906 transistor got hot and my speaker didn't make any noise. How can I fix it?

Question: from Melissa Houston about the Good Old Telephone experiment :

I did this as a kid and had so much fun!!! WE added a third string and cup. That worked well, too!!!! Know we all get in on the fun!!!!

Question: from Karen Daley about the Thermometers experiment :

Karis asks: does the triple point of water actually exist, or is it just an idea?

Answer:  What happens to helium when you chill it?

No, 0 K is the temperature which all atomic motion stops.

Question: from Kelli Kruid about the What happens to helium when you chill it? experiment :

Is it possible to chill any thing below 0 Kelvin?

Question: from Robin Skinner about the Silver Battery experiment :

Well that saved me a ton of time, it didn't get every stain out but they are noticeably cleaner

Answer:  Cosmic Ray Detector

Hi Andie! Just one - you need a bare piece of metal to stick through the lid and hold the foil in place. If you use a wire coathanger, be sure to strip off the insulation first, especially if it's clear!

Answer:  Plasma Grape

Well, you are basically short circuiting your microwave, and if you aren't fast enough to stop it in time, it might damage the interior with an arc. So I would try an old one.

Question: from Robert D'Angelo about the Cosmic Ray Detector experiment :

Hey Aurora, it's Andie. I was wondering, how many wire coat hangers do you have to have?

Question: from Twila Dawe about the Plasma Grape experiment :

The reason for using an old microwave is that this experiment may damage it?

Answer:  Predator-Prey: Who Eats Whom?

Carolina Biological is one of the most popular places to get live species.

Question: from Donna Cella about the Predator-Prey: Who Eats Whom? experiment :

Do you have any recommendations on where to purchase the mantis eggs online and also does it matter what type of mantis. I didn't realize there were so many!

Question: from Kelli Kruid about the Football Ice Cream experiment :

Hey Aurora loved your recipe for the ice cream at first I shook it around and tried some of the ice cream but it was still just frothy then I accidentally left it in the freezer and then I found it the next morning and it was hard then thawed it a little bit and it tasted great

Answer:  What do I do with Ammonium Chloride?

Chloride is a compound of chlorine (an element on the periodic table). When people talk about chloride, they can refer to the ion (Cl-, which is a negatively charged chlorine atom) or part of a name when it's bonded to other elements, like hydrogen chloride (HCl).

Answer:  Electrolysis

It's the leftovers from the chemical reaction that change the solution's color.

Answer:  Reading about Heavy Objects, Sky Towers, & Potential Energy

Did you watch the intro videos? I cover how to know the difference between the two... one is stored ("could") energy and one is energy stored in the motion of the object.

Answer:  Hex

It's a game... short for hexagon. Watch the video and find out!

Answer:  Reading about Diseases and Defenses

Some are. Fungi spread by microscopes spores which are usually in the air and the dirt, which you can breathe in or touch, where it inters the body through the lungs or skin.

Question: from Melanie Williamson about the What do I do with Ammonium Chloride? experiment :

What is a chloride, is that an element? A cleaner? Or is it just part of the name?

Question: from Beth Churchill about the Electrolysis experiment :

The saline solution changed color why did that happen?

Question: from Anthony Palethorpe about the Reading about Heavy Objects, Sky Towers, & Potential Energy experiment :

So their are a lot of different forms of energy. How do you know which forms go into the main two groups (potential and kinetic)?

Question: from Christina Galvan about the Hex experiment :

What is Hex

Question: from Christina Galvan about the Big Numbers experiment :

There is 1.892e+11 seconds in sixty centuries

Question: from Christina Galvan about the Big Numbers experiment :

There are 3.154e+9 seconds in a century

Question: from Christina Galvan about the Reading about Diseases and Defenses experiment :

Is fungi infectious

Answer:  Can a Battery Be Used to Store Energy?

Wow - great job figuring out something that worked!!

Answer:  BumperBot

Do you have flash enabled in your browser? You should have a slider and controls on all the videos.

Answer:  Salty Battery

I'll have my team connect with you!

Answer:  Foam Pumice

There's an order link in the main shopping list for this unit so you can purchase it. They are two different resins I think..

Answer:  What happens to helium when you chill it?

That is an excellent question - and I am not really sure about what would happen! I will ask my chemistry professor friend and see what he thinks and let you know.

Answer:  Turning the Sun into a Black Hole

Yes if our sun became a black hole (which it can't ever do because it doesn't have enough mass), we would lose all our sunlight and probably not last very long.

Answer:  Applying the Inverse Square Law

Yes that 's right!

Answer:  Newton's Second Law of Motion

I would give it a try... anything with wheels like a skateboard or roller skates can work also!

Answer:  Newton's Third Law of Motion

Yes, our teleclasses involve kids as well as the summer e-camp program that will be open from June - August.

Question: from Wanda Ross about the Flying Contraptions experiment :

wow its amazing

Question: from Meg Kupsh about the Microwaving Soap experiment :

We didn't have Ivory soap so we used Zest soap, not recommended. Our entire house smells Zestfully "Burnt" Clean. We still loved the experiment though. Thanks!

Question: from Tatiana Spencer about the Newton's Third Law of Motion experiment :

Ilana, 11, here! I would love to see you teach a children's class - do you have any videos of you with kids? And do you have kids? And did you home-school them? :)

Question: from Tatiana Spencer about the Newton's Second Law of Motion experiment :

ilana, 11 here! I don't have a wagon and I wondered if I could make a Lego friends version but my mother thinks it won't be heavy enough to measure results. What do you think Aurora? Thank you :)

Question: from Karen Daley about the Applying the Inverse Square Law experiment :

Karis asks: Would two planets collide if they got too close to each other since the gravity would get stronger the closer they got?

Question: from Karen Daley about the Turning the Sun into a Black Hole experiment :

Karis asks: If the sun turned into a black hole, would the earth become dark all the time? And would it be radiating the same amount of energy as before?

Question: from Kelli Kruid about the What happens to helium when you chill it? experiment :

If you have a container with holes in the bottom and you chill the helium will it fall through the holes?

Question: from Stephen Chisholm about the Foam Pumice experiment :

What is the difference between polyurethane A and B? Do you know where we can purchase it?

Question: from Mark Covalt about the Salty Battery experiment :

Do we have access to the salty battery experiment? Can we?

Question: from Mark Covalt about the Can a Battery Be Used to Store Energy? experiment :

We tried this with lemon juice and could not hear any crackling sound. When we used tomato juice my one son said he could hear it faintly, but me and my other son when we built the "battery" we did not hear anything. So I went to the potato and a couple of nails. I stuck the two nails in different sides of the potato and connected the alligator clips to one nail and when we touched the other clip to the other nail we could definitely hear a crackling sound. :)