5 cold-weather science experiments you can do right now in Iowa
The Register's Linh Ta and Kelsey Kremer braved the elements for the sake of science. Des Moines Register
Editor's note: This story originally published in January 2019.
It is cold and you can't feel your face and things seem pretty miserable right now.
But hey, let's turn that frown upside down because it's time to do SCIENCE.
We tried out some easy cold-weather experiments that are fun for the whole family and also make some nice Instagram-able moments.
OK, so with the wind going on right now, this isn't the easiest thing to do outside. But your garage or a more enclosed space should be cold enough to get the job done.
All you need is warm water, corn syrup, dish soap, sugar, a plastic straw and bowl and spoon. This experiment works best in temperatures minus 13 or below.
- Mix together 200 milliliters of warm water, 35 milliliters of corn syrup, 35 milliliters of dish soap and two tablespoons of sugar, according to Popular Science.
- Place the concoction in the freezer for 30 minutes and then give it a stir.
- Find a cold surface to blow your bubbles on and watch them freeze.
All of your utilitarian dreams about fruit have come true. If you're sick of just eating bananas, now there's another use for them: bashing stuff!
Put your banana outside overnight. In the morning, grab it and have fun, just like you would with a hammer.
Have a household project that requires nailing something into the wall? Use a banana.
Want to make a lot of noise and scare your neighbors? Hit a banana against your house.
Want to break vases and plates? Swing the frozen fruit round and round and watch the chunks go flying around.
Frozen T-shirt trick
You know what's better than a nice, comfortable, cotton T-shirt?
A frozen solid T-shirt!
All you have to do is grab a beloved T-shirt. Maybe it has Herky on it? Or maybe it has a hot sauce stain near the neck.
Put it under the sink and make sure the whole thing is drenched. Feel free to wring it out and then go outside and lay out the shirt.
We let ours freeze about 20 minutes for good measure, but it won't take that long before you have your new favorite Frisbee.
Freeze an egg in a pan
Here's a fun egg-speriment that takes very little effort at your home.
Grab an egg, crack it into a pan and put it outside. It took us about 15 minutes for the egg to freeze outside in the frigid Des Moines air, but then it was frozen solid.
Have you ever wanted to look at an egg with beautiful ice crystals? Well you didn't realize you wanted to until now.
Classic throw-hot-water-in-the-air trick
1. Get hot water.
2. Go outside.
3. Throw it in the air and see it turn to snow.
4. Don't get it on you.