Mad Science Party Experiments

by Shannon Lee

Mad science is a phenomenon that has swept the country since the mid 1990s. With it's funky instructors and innovative experiments, mad science flips typical science experiments on their heads by incorporating materials that young people find intriguing. For a mad science themed party, choose experiments that are both easy enough to perform at home without the help of an expert, as well as interesting enough to capture the attention of young people.

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Slime

There are few kids who don't love all things squishy, sticky and gooey. A great mad science party experiment that can double as a take-home gift is making green slime. The main ingredients needed include white liquid glue, green food coloring, water and borax. When all the ingredients are mixed together and set, a slimy substance that snaps, oozes and stretches apart forms.

Electric Sparks

This is one mad science experiment that can be performed by even the youngest party goers. The experiment requires only a hair comb and a lightbulb. Make sure you are in a dark room. Give each child a comb and a lightbulb. Instruct each party guest to rub the comb through his hair a few times and then place it next to the tip of the lightbulb. The static electricity from the hair will light the bulb.

Shattered Glass

Experiments such as Shattered Glass are best suited for older children, or for an adult to perform and have younger children simply observe. All you will need is a piece of tempered glass (such as a chunk from an old car windshield) and some near-freezing cold water. Start by explaining to children that tempered glass is the strongest form of glass on the planet, but that freezing cold water can alter it's interior temperature and cause it to shatter from the inside out. Demonstrate by dipping the glass in the water for a few seconds and watch as it begins to crack.

Icy Bubbles

Blowing bubbles was once considered child play, but this mad science experiment is fun for all ages. You'll need some basic bubble solution, some dry ice and a bit of water, along with some highlighter liquid to make the bubbles glow. Pour some water into a container and add the piece of dry ice. Spread some bubble solution around the rim of the container. The carbon dioxide in the dry ice will cause the bubble solution to expand far beyond a regular bubble's circumference.

About the Author

Shannon Lee began her professional journalism career in 2009. Her reporting has appeared in "The Hudson Gazette" and her editing work in the "Redwood County Newspaper." Lee is also a professional dancer and owns one of the largest dance studios in her region. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a double-major in communication studies and journalism.

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