Dr. Darcie’s Demonstrations

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Dr. Darcie Cook, the Museum’s resident scientist, is bringing the exciting world of science into your homes! Follow along with Dr. Darcie as she performs science demonstrations with items you can find around the house. Watch the demonstrations below and learn the fascinating science behind them.

Square Wheels?
In this demonstration, Dr. Darcie shows you how it’s possible for a cart to move smoothly on square wheels. The secret is all in the road!

How Many Drops on a Penny?
This demonstration plays with a property of water called cohesion. Dr. Darcie counts the number of water droplets that will fit on the surface of a penny. It’s more than you think!

Balloon Blowup 
In this demonstration, Dr. Darcie blows up a balloon without using her lungs. Find out how vinegar and baking soda mix in a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide.

Static Electricity
This demonstration uses static electricity to make black pepper “dance”. With simple household objects, you can make black pepper dance around your kitchen too!

DIY Garden Compost
In this video, Dr. Darcie teaches you how to make your own compost using food scraps from your kitchen. Over time, microbes in the mixture will break down the food scraps into nutrient rich soil you can use in your garden.

Grow Your Own Plants
This demonstration shows you how to plant a seed and start growing your own plants.

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