Posted by: whimsigal | June 25, 2008

Our Science Experiment Yesterday

For his birthday, Iain got a science kit from my MIL. It was a safe choice because the kids likes making “potions” and such so I promised him that we’d do something from it yesterday morning. After looking through the book that came with the kit, Iain selected an experiment that involved burning a candle on both ends.

We tried it first with a birthday candle, but that didn’t work out.
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Then I dug out some candles that I’d purchased a while ago. They didn’t fit in any of my candleholders but I kept them anyway. Never know when you’re going to need a candle. So we had to cut the candle into a 3″ piece and shape both ends to look like a sharpened pencil. Then, you light one end, let it burn a bit and blow it out then do the same to the other end. Once that step is complete, you measure the candle, find the center, and stick a straight pin in it. We had to use two because the candle was too thick for just one. Once the pin is in, place it on two height-equal supports and light both ends. We did and waited to see what would happen. Frankly, I thought it was going to start spinning like a sparkler or something. But this is what happened:

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Not too much going on here. Just some burning. Hey wait, it’s burning pretty quickly!

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Dang, what is going to happen when these two flames meet? Combustion?!

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Whoa, I feel like I’m at a rock concert…FREEBIRD!!!! That’s one big flame. Now what?

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Hmph. don’t know if that’s what was supposed to happen but the candle melted so much that the pin couldn’t support it anymore and the burning wick dropped into a pool of wax and burned out. We had placed a bed of soaking wet papertowels underneath our experiment in order to prevent forest fires. Oh wait, I mean just a regular fire because obviously we don’t live in a forest.

It was cool and fun and the boys loved it because it involved “FIRE”. Can’t you just hear Beavis now?

Beavis fire

Speaking of Beavis…my sister and I would cry whenever he became Cornholio. Oh lord, it’s the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure really. 🙂

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