It’s time to experiment and explore! Each Beaker Creature family comes from their own planet, filled with distinct features and environments! Nick Uhas took on the challenge of conducting experiments relating to each of the 5 Beaker Creature planets and is sharing his results with us! Which experiment is your favorite?

PLANET GREEN SPACE

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On both the planet Green Space (home of Gnate), AND on planet Earth, plants experience capillary action. Basically, the flowers can drink water even with opposition from gravity! Let’s try it out!

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
White flowers
Food coloring of your choice
4-6 clear containers (depending how many flowers you’d like to make)
Water

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WHAT TO DO

Pour water into each of the clear containers, about half full. Drop food coloring choices into the water.

Cut each of the flower stems at a diagonal and pull off the leaves.

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Place your flowers into the containers with the water and coloring!

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Allow it to sit for at least 24 hrs!

Witness capillary action!

 

PLANET STARUS

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Welcome to the planet of Starus! Here we will learn about the earth’s rotation around the sun by making our own at home sundial!

 

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
Paper plate
Pencil
Ruler
Playdough
Plastic straw

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WHAT TO DO

Place the paper plate face down and stick the play-dough right in the center of the plate.

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Write “12” with the pencil on top of the paper plate and, with the ruler, draw a straight line from the 12 to the playdough ball in the center of your plate.

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Take the plastic straw, stick it in the center of the playdough and point it towards the 12 right over that line you drew.

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Right at NOON, go outside, place your sundial on flat ground and line up the shadow of the plastic straw right on the 12.

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Check it every 15 minutes and watch as the shadow moves around the plate!

 

Enjoy your at home sundial!

 

 

PLANET ICE DOME

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Welcome to ICE DOME, home of the Frostonions! Ever wonder how to freeze a water bottle on COMMAND?! No, it’s not magic… IT’S SCIENCE! This one is all about timing and temperature, but when done properly, you’ll be able to pour water into the solid form of ice thanks to it’s supercool temperature! When the water is just cold enough but not frozen, there’s the sweet spot.

 

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
PURIFIED Water (16.9 FL oz bottle, sealed, is easiest)
Freezer
Little bowl
Ice cubes

WHAT TO DO

Take the purified water bottle, unopened, and place it horizontal in your freezer.

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Leave the water bottle on it’s side in your freezer for approximately 2hrs and 40 minutes. While the water is freezing, set up your other items.

One small bowl with a few ice cubes in it is great for pouring icicles on top of the cubes. (One of my favorite parts of this experiment) (Also, don’t put the ice cubes out until a few minutes before you’ll remove the water bottle from the freezer.)

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Keeping the bottle horizontal, take the bottle out of the freezer and to your designated experiment area.

With the ice cubes in the little bowl, slowly pour the ‘supercooled water’ onto the top and watch icebergs form!Beaker Creature Experiment

 

 

 

PLANET BIG ROCK

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Welcome to Big Rock, home of the Minisaurus! Who doesn’t love watching crystals form?

Even better… SUGAR crystals!

 

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
Jars
Pencil or wooden sticks
Twine
Cane sugar
Food coloring
Pitcher of water
Microwave safe container
Microwave
Hot pads for your hands

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WHAT TO DO

Pour three cups of sugar and two cups of water into a microwave safe container. Stir!

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Put into the microwave for 2 minutes. Using hot pads, take the hot concoction out of the microwave, and stir again! CAREFULLY remove from the microwave, using the hot pads, and stir again. The sugar water should be near boiling. (If you’d like to add food coloring, you can at this point.)

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Once back at your designated experiment location with the mixture, take out your jar and wooden stick/pencil. Wrap the twine around the wooden stick and dip a few inches of it into the sugar water mixture.

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Remove the twine and stick and place to dry on the parchment paper.Beaker Creatures Experiment

Pour the mixture into the glass jar. Wait for it to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture is cooled, hang the twine into the jar, the wooden stick acting as a beam to hold it up.

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Wait one week and watch the crystals form! (Oh yeah, and you can eat the rock candy too!)

 

 

 

PLANET OCEAN ORB

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Welcome to the home of the Oceanites! On the planet of Ocean Orb, we decided to have fun with different liquids’ densities! This one can be messy and is always beautiful.

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
Large glass vase
Honey
Corn syrup
100% maple syrup
Whole milk
Dish soap
Water
Vegetable oil
Rubbing alcohol
Lamp oil
9 cups
Turkey baster
Food coloring
A bolt
A popcorn kernel
A cherry tomato
Soda bottle cap

WHAT TO DO

Set out all 9 cups. Pour the same amount of each of the liquids into each of the cups.

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Feel free to add food coloring to the water, rubbing alcohol or dish soap.

Set out your large glass vase.

One at a time, starting with the honey, slowly and carefully pour in the liquids without getting any on the side.

Pour them in, in the order listed above.

Once you get to the water, use the turkey baster to gently pour the liquid down the side of the vase.

Once all the liquids are in, you will see a rainbow of densities!

One by one drop in the objects and see which sink and which float!

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