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 Brook Batzel about the Rubber Eggs experiment :

there are two ways the vidio and getting rubber and shaping it like an egg.

Answer:  Non-Messy Squishy Slime

That's a really good question - I am not sure! I tried looking it up in my chemical reference book, but it didn't have anything useful in it.

Answer:  Rubber Eggs

Cooked definitely. We want to be sure there isn't any chance of bacteria getting you sick!

Question: from jerezkids about the Rubber Eggs experiment :

Should the bones be cooked or uncooked chicken wings?

Question: from Lizanne Coetser about the Non-Messy Squishy Slime experiment :

Hi Aurora, what would the formula look like for Psyllium and water to form the slime? Tx

Answer:  Foam Pumice

It's an exothermic reaction, which means that when the reaction takes place, it releases energy (gets hot) when it forms the new molecules.

Question: from Robert D'Angelo about the Foam Pumice experiment :

Hi Aurora, it's Andie. Why does the reaction get so hot?

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Turning Water into Wine experiment :

ok thanks aurora :)

Answer:  Rock Workshop

The streak you are seeing left behind is a tiny bit of crushed up powder trail of the mineral you are streaking across the plate. The streak plate is usually harder than most minerals, so that's why it works. If you test a mineral harder than the streak plate, you'll get part of the streak plate turning into powder on the mineral.

Question: from Robert D'Angelo about the Rock Workshop experiment :

Hi Aurora, it's Andie. When I was testing shale for a streak test, on my black and white streak plates I found a cream colored streak on the black one and a grey streak on the white one. Why is this happening?

Answer:  Barrel Roof

Thanks for the tip! If you send me an email (mailto:aurora@superchargedscience.com) with the image attached, I can add it to your post! Aurora

Question: from Tonya Thomas about the Butterfly Life Cycle experiment :


Question: from Tonya Thomas about the Predator-Prey: Who Eats Whom? experiment :

so cool

Question: from Dina Zervoulakos about the $1 Word Search experiment :

The word gymnastics costs $1.30

Question: from Jen Cote about the Barrel Roof experiment :

We gave up on this one last year, even with our years of intricate origami, it wasn't working. Just tried it again. Instead of following the video's advice to face lines toward table, we kept them face up where we could see them and folded the valley folds up against a ruler. (Be sure to hold ruler firmly for entire length of fold or line will swerve.) And we creased every fold with edge of the ruler. This solved our problems--lines now end up spaced exactly enough that the folding step finally works! YAY! It held 561 pages or 3040 grams!!! Hope what helped us helps someone else! now if we could just figure out why there is no way to add a photo to this-not from our mac nor our iPad... :( anyone have solved that problem? :)

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Meteorites experiment :

ok thanks aurora :) :)

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Educational Games That Teach experiment :

thanks aurora :)

Answer:  A Weighty Issue

It does seem odd, doesn't it? It's SHAPE, not density that matters with things falling. A golf ball and a ping pong ball are the same size and shape, and they hit the ground at the same time. But they are different weights (the golf ball is more dense it has more mass for its size). It's because we live in an ocean of air called an atmosphere, and those air molecules need to be pushed out of the way to make way for the object falling through it. That's why shape matters, not weight.

Answer:  Educational Games That Teach

Are you logged in? It's showing over here in my browsers. Let me know if you still have trouble! (Log out, then log back in, and then try a different computer if you still have trouble..)

Answer:  Meteorites

You will still get some on your sheet of paper!

Answer:  Rock Workshop

That's hard to say without seeing it, and since fluorescence varies so much with geographic location, it's hard to know what got mixed in with your sandstone! It's a mineral of some kind... what if you take it to your local rock shop and ask your local expert? That might be your best bet!

Question: from Delia Ayer about the Detecting the Gravitational Field experiment :

Yes that makes sense.

Question: from Delia Ayer about the A Weighty Issue experiment :

I just don't understand why different things fall at the same time if they are heavier. And why in forever falling the pennies hit the ground at the same time.

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Meteorites experiment :

what if it is windy :|

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Educational Games That Teach experiment :

where is the pi video :(

Question: from Rebekah Small about the What Happens to Food after You Put it in Your Mouth? experiment :

Hi the measurements don't add up? 30 feet for entire digestive system but only 7 feet for the small intestine(the largest the longest part? is it possible it should read 7metres (22 feet) for the small intestine measurements? Also in reading text.

Question: from Robert D'Angelo about the Rock Workshop experiment :

Hi Aurora, it's Andie. When I was testing my red sandstone for florecence, I found something strange. When I held my UV flashlight to sandstone I saw a bright neon pink speck in one place on the stone. What do think it is?

Answer:  Rock Workshop

Lodestone is a magnetized piece of magnetite, which are naturally occurring magnets.

Answer:  Speed and Velocity

Velocity is speed and direction, like 65 mph north. Rate... of what? You could saw speed is how fast (or slow) you cover a distance is per unit of time, so its the change of rate of distance per time. When you change the velocity, now you have acceleration. There's a whole unit on this right where you are at, because it's a bit confusing!

Question: from Karen Daley about the Speed and Velocity experiment :

Is velocity the same thing as rate?

Question: from Robert D'Angelo about the Rock Workshop experiment :

Hi Aurora, why is magnetite AKA loadstone

Question: from Sonya Miller about the Rubber Eggs experiment :

(This is Amanda.) I found some sort of wispy grayish-white stuff floating in the egg jar midway through the experiment. What is that, and is it normal?

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Invisible Writing experiment :

cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Question: from Colleen LaGrange about the Measure your Hair Width with a Laser experiment :

We liked this experiment, Dad's beard was the thickest. Mom's hair was the thinnest. When we watched you measure the diffraction pattern it looked like your lines were 8mm apart not 8cm. That would make your hair 162.5micrometres not 16. Normal human hair is between 17 and 180 micrometres.

Question: from Sochetra Mo about the Special Science Teleclass: Astronomy experiment :

Hi Aurora. I learned that you can see four of Saturn's moons. But I was wondering which ones?

Question: from Amber Beck about the Extracting DNA in your Kitchen experiment :

never mind, I figured it out! Thanks! Amber

Question: from Amber Beck about the Extracting DNA in your Kitchen experiment :

Hi, In the article above it references a few videos. I don't see any link or video. I'd love to watch them! Thanks, Amber

Answer:  Turning Water into Wine

NO!!!! Don't ever drink ANYTHING in ANY science experiment ever!! Big no-no! :) Good to ask!

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Turning Water into Wine experiment :

can you drink this aurora ?

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Turning Water into Wine experiment :

cool I'm gonna like this

Answer:  Magnetic Fields

Yes - you're hearing the electromagnetic waves in the audible range - it's making a small part of the lamp vibrate and you can detect with with your ears!

Answer:  Instant Ice

A little is ok - you want the salt on it ice itself.

Answer:  Making Clouds

Yes - that's fine!

Answer:  Instant Ice

I am not sure what happened when you say it didn't work... what exactly happened? BTW: This one is harder to do than the hot icicles, so you might want to try that one first!

Question: from Andrea Albury about the Squished Balloon experiment :

It worked out perfectly! My kids loved it!

Question: from Andrea Albury about the Instant Ice experiment :

i tried it and it didn't work :( ...what should i do?

Question: from Andrea Albury about the Making Clouds experiment :

is it okay if i have a different size bottle?

Question: from Andrea Albury about the Instant Ice experiment :

what if i get salt in the water?

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Football Ice Cream experiment :

I hope I can make it

Question: from Robert D'Angelo about the Magnetic Fields experiment :

Hi Aurora, when I put a magnet against a desk lamp, I heard a rrrrrrr sound and when I took away the magnet, the sound stopped. I was wondering if it was an electro-magnetic field. Is it?

Question: from Mary Legreid about the Scientific Method Made Easy experiment :


Question: from Melody Konkel about the Black Hole Bucket experiment :

ok thanks :)

Answer:  Black Hole Bucket

Make sure you are logged in first! This video is a bit longer - about 17 minutes.

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Fire & Optics experiment :

cool :)

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Black Hole Bucket experiment :

Where is the videos that go with this experiment?

Answer:  Chemical Matrix of Acids & Bases

If you stuck with the chemicals we listed here, yes the trash or toilet are safe ways to dispose of them.

Answer:  Hot Ice Sculptures

It's super-easy to trigger this phase change! Just bumping it will often start it. Put it in a pot of hot water and it will liquify and you can try again.

Question: from Jami Bustamante about the Chemical Matrix of Acids & Bases experiment :

What is a safe way to dispose of all the end result chemicals? Is it safe to pour in sink or flush down toilet?

Question: from Maricelli Pena about the Mixing Colors experiment :

wow that's so cool I saw Red pink and green that is the coolest Ivever seen in my life

Question: from Sheryl Williams about the Hot Ice Sculptures experiment :

Hello Aurora. My chemistry class and I have done this experiment twice now and both times the first pack worked but the second pack, as soon as we open it, it crystalizes instantly instead of staying a liquid to pour over the first crystal. We did not snap the metal disc inside the second one.

Answer:  Flying Contraptions

Yes! Take a look at the responses/comments! :)

Question: from Effath Choudhury about the Flying Contraptions experiment :

Hi. Can you explain how they are able to fly?

Question: from Student Science about the Simple Switches experiment :

it is fun

Answer:  Photos of Live Science Camp!

We post info on live camps here: http://www.superchargedscience.com/camp/

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Photos of Live Science Camp! experiment :

I want to go how do you go :)

Answer:  Conversion Charts

I don't think we have a conversion chart for it. If you email me the TOC I can see how it matches up with our curriculum.

Answer:  Magnetic Tornadoes

It sounds like you're not logged in. I'll have Tonya connect with you asap.

Question: from Jen Wagonseller about the Conversion Charts experiment :

I am using the Apologia Biology text and don't see it on your conversion chart. Can you help me out with what Units I can do to incorporate your experiments?

Question: from Brook Batzel about the Eco-Column: experiment :

the fruit flies will not come onless you put fruit in. by the way the name at the top is my moms name.

Question: from Kelly Deibler about the Magnetic Tornadoes experiment :

Ever time we log in there no videos...Kind of feel like this program is not as user friendly as it could be...My kids love science and so sad they hav missed out this year...

Question: from Lisa Kennady about the Setting a Homeschool Schedule experiment :

I like the idea of the set times and set routines to keep structure. My kid certainly needs it and my day is easier because of it. However I disagree with the blanket advice to get other things such as errands done before school so that the parent is able to focus better. I believe that your kid's physical and mental energy levels, and THEIR best times of day, should be the primary factors driving the daily schedule. I would only put errands first if they were truly time-bound. It's less work for me to motivate my kid when he's at his peak, and he is happier and enjoys school more when he's mentally ready for it. I have had to be very creative about getting the rest of my tasks woven into the day. Below are examples of how I get things done, if anyone actually cares to read. I schedule the more difficult subjects for the time of day my kid is the most mentally alert. My son (8yrs old) gets up at 6:30am and says he's ready for school. You would think the kid just had a shot of adrenaline or something! Although I am tired, and more of an afternoon person, I skip my shower and put on yesterday's clothes and start school immediately because his energy level and attention are at their peak FIRST THING. I hop in the shower after school and enjoy a longer shower without the rush. It's a trade-off I make so that school is easier for him, and therefore less constant "encouragement" is required from me. My "morning child" is mentally tired in the afternoons, so we only do the more right-brained or physical activities then. I also tell him, "If you get all the classes done in the morning, we can do ... whatever fun thing... afterward". This often motivates him to get school done faster so we can for example hit the playground or library after school. As far as getting errands done, I have cars-chooling options I use for when I need to drive somewhere. I use "The Story of the World" on CD for world history, which he listens to as we drive. There is a test booklet he can take after each chapter right there in the back seat. For some reason he thinks it's totally exciting to do school while we drive, because we are not stuck at home! We have done school while driving, in the doctor's office waiting room, in airport terminals, riding in the grocery cart, waiting in line at the recycling center, etc. Buy or make flash cards or study sheets that you can quiz them on for times like this. You will be surprised what you come up with when you HAVE TO get errands and school done simultaneously.

Answer:  Impulse & Momentum

Yes you can find them in the advanced physics section of the course here: http://www.sciencelearningspace.com/grade-levels/advanced-projects-2/

Question: from Melody Konkel about the Impulse & Momentum experiment :

Do you have practice examples of impulse and momentum?

Question: from Gabriel Patrizzi about the Disappearing Beaker experiment :


Answer:  Flying Contraptions

Try it! :)

Answer:  Simple Hovercraft

You need some way to stick the parts together so it's air-tight. :)

Answer:  Making Clouds

Try it! Color the water first so you can see what happens, since they are both clear.

Question: from Melanie Church about the Flying Contraptions experiment :

Thanks for teaching me.

Question: from Melanie Church about the Flying Contraptions experiment :

What if you place a third ring in the middle of the stick?

Question: from Melanie Church about the Simple Hovercraft experiment :

What if you do not have hot glue? Could regular glue work as well?

Question: from Melanie Church about the Making Clouds experiment :

What if you mixed alcohol and water together in the bottle?

Question: from Melanie Church about the Sensing Temperature experiment :

Wow! Your science program is fun! I really like your experiments. They are grate fun. Thanks for teaching me this experiment, and know that I think SCIENCE!!

Answer:  Humming Balloon

Wow - cool! Do you know why it popped? If you did it again, would it pop the balloon again? What if you try a penny?

Question: from Rebecca Bell-Wort about the Humming Balloon experiment :

I did it with a marble and popped the balloon.

Question: from Student Science about the Flying Contraptions experiment :

Really liked the video! :)

Question: from Student Science about the Flying Contraptions experiment :

Really cool! :)

Answer:  Newton's Second Law of Motion

Hi Zac, Thanks for writing! I would recommend practicing as much as you can - there are lots of different websites with practice tests out there you can access for free: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=ASVAB+practice It looks like there are also good study guides online here: https://uniontestprep.com/asvab/study-guide/general-science/pages/1 http://www.asvabpracticetests.com/asvab-general-science-practice-test/ http://www.cram.com/flashcards/general-science-asvab-full-test-836701 Hope this helps! Aurora

Question: from Jennifer Carroll about the Newton's Second Law of Motion experiment :

hey there its Zac I need your help. I want to take the ASVAB in May but Im struggling in the science portion of the test can you recommend a study method that would help me

Answer:  TaaDaaaaa!!!

The first law is about inertia: "An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force." So before you set the experiment in motion, you're observing things at rest - that's the 1st law. When things are in motion, that's also the 1st law, only it's a little harder to observe because there are other forces acting to slow down and stop the motion. The second law is about the forces are not balanced and things are moving: force is proportional to acceleration. The more you hit the pan, the faster (and further) it flies. Newton's third law is about forces coming in pairs. When you stand up, your weight pushes on the ground, and the ground pushes back with the same amount of force (otherwise you'd be moving if it wasn't balanced; equal and opposite). Before the experiment starts, the cup is pushing down with it's weight on the table, and the table is pushing back on the cup. Does that help?

Answer:  How to use a Digital MultiMeter

Can you send me a photo of your multimeter so I can point out the functions and setting you want to use? Use aurora@superchargedscience.com to send the photo.

Answer:  Latching Circuit

I'll have my team connect with you right away!

Answer:  Microwaving Soap

Hi Jazz, Great idea trying the different soaps! I am guessing some soaps had more water content than others... the puffed ones had more than the melted ones. Color isn't usually a factor in experiments like this. Enjoy!

Question: from Candyce Ovadal about the How to use a Digital MultiMeter experiment :

Which 20 should I use? There are 3. (20, 20m, and 20k)

Question: from Prity Parikh about the TaaDaaaaa!!! experiment :

We need help to ans the second ques: The first Law is observed with the plate on the cup staying put unless we hit it with our hand. The second Law (?) maybe The force(gravity) acting on the ball as it falls? Or the force on the plate which sends it flying? - The third law - (above) cup on the table

Question: from Julia Raudenbush about the Latching Circuit experiment :

We don't have access to either relay video. Can we do the latching circuit project without them? We have the K-8 program, so the latching circuit video is available but not the relay videos. Why is that? :{)

Question: from Student Science about the Microwaving Soap experiment :

Hi Aurora Hello all the way from London England. We have done the experiment but because we are from England we could not get Ivory soap. so we decided to base our experiment on which type of soap works the best we used, Dove, Sainsbury Basic and Pears. Sainsburys worked the best it just went in to a big lump of puff it was not as big as Ivory but it was still big and we think we put it in a bit too long but it was still very cool. The Dove was looking good but when we took it out it just deflated and still had the lumpy puffy kind of texture. However, the Pears soap just melted but Pears was seethrough and was not white it was orange. Do you think the colour and the fact that it was seethrough changed the results? what do think Aurora. from Jazz (aged 10)

Answer:  Latching Circuit

There's a couple of different relay videos you might be looking for: http://www.sciencelearningspace.com/2011/10/use-a-relay-as-an-electromagnetic-buzzer/ http://www.sciencelearningspace.com/2010/04/relays-homemade-shockers/

Question: from Julia Raudenbush about the Latching Circuit experiment :

Hi! The lesson and the video mention a separate video on the relay, but we can't find it. Under materials, the link takes us to the shopping list for unit 11, but there is no relay mentioned on the list for Unit 11. Help!

Answer:  Seeing Sound Waves using Light

Hi Brook, I am not quite sure what you're asking... try again?

Question: from Brook Batzel about the Seeing Sound Waves using Light experiment :

can satic electric light do it i can see it when i rud my head on my pillow and im not allowed to do YouTube.