Old School Science Demonstrations

Welcome to the "Old School Science Demonstration!" website.
The video science demonstrations at this site are designed to be watched by you, the educator or parent.
We encourage you to watch the video lessons and then conduct the demonstrations with the students in your care.
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Physical Science Demo: Liquid Flax (Educator Explanation)

Physical Science Demo : Liquid Flax

A simple density activity/lesson that demonstrates items can sink or float in materials other than water. (Density is the amount of stuff (matter) in an object. Density = mass/volume (d = m/v))

**Bonus Video: More Liquid Flax**

Lesson Plan: PDF

Demo Card: PDF

PS Demo: Tablecloth vs Inertia (1st Law of Motion)

Physical Science Demo : Tablecloth vs Inertia

This is an awesome activity/lesson that demonstrates inertia (1st Law of Motion) and/or impulse. The classic and magical "pull the tablecloth from under the food demo."

Lesson Plan:PDF

Demo Card: PDF

Physical Science Demonstration: Soda Pop Density

Physical Science : Soda Pop Density

A simple density activity/lesson that demonstrates items with the same volume can have different densities. (Density is the amount of stuff (matter) in an object. Density = mass/volume (d = m/v))

Lesson Plan: PDF Version
Demo Card: PDF Version

Corpus Callosum Demonstration

Corpus Callosum

An interesting activity used to test if the corpus callosum (the part of the brain that connects the right and left hemisphere) is connected. Your students/kids will love this one!

**Related Resources & Video (scroll down in description box)**

Lesson Plan: Watch the Video Lesson Above
Demo Card: PDF Version
Brain PowerPoint: ppt version - .pps version

Bernoulli's Ball

Bernoulli's Ball (Explaining Lift Force Only, not Addition of Vector Forces in this Demo)

This is a twist of the classic Ping-Pong ball/hairdryer demonstration used to show Bernoulli's Principle. A leaf blower replaces the hairdryer and a beach ball replaces the Ping-Pong ball. This is amazing to watch.

This is a classic demonstration of Bernoulli’s Principle. Note: For both A. and B. (below) – gravity/weight is providing a downward force and dryer/blower is providing an upward force. There are two primary explanations for this demonstration. A.) There is a moving stream of air traveling around the ball resulting in an area of less pressure. The ball is prevented from falling out of the moving stream of air because it is pushed in by the higher pressured air adjacent to the moving stream of air. B.) The air travels around the ball and is moving at the greatest velocity at the top of the ball, resulting in an area of low pressure above the ball (lift). The ball is drawn toward the area of low pressure. This area of low pressure can be disturbed by placing a hand above the ball. Explanation B is shown in this video.

**Bonus Video** (YouTube)

Lesson Plan: PDF Version
Demo Card: PDF Version

Bernoulli's Principle Demonstration: Bernoulli's Sound Tube

Bernoulli's (air) Sound Tube

This classic science demonstration shows both Bernoulli's Principle and resonance. A corrugated tube is twirled producing sound. Air moves from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure.

**Bonus Video** (YouTube)

Lesson Plan:PDF Version
Demo Card: PDF Version

Bernoulli's Principle Demonstration: Toilet Paper

Bernoulli's TP

During this classic science demonstration toilet paper is used to show Bernoulli's Principle. A moving stream of air produces an area of low pressure. Air moves from high pressure to low pressure.

Lesson Plan: PDF Version
Demo Card: PDF Version

Bernoulli's Principle Demonstration: Bag

Bernoulli's Bag

This classic science demonstration shows Bernoulli's Principle. A moving stream of air produces an area of low pressure (vacuum.) Air moves from high pressure to low pressure.

Lesson Plan: PDF Version
Demo Card: PDF Version

Bernoulli's Flight/Lift

During this lab/demonstration you will use a Styrofoam airplane to explain lift, and then the students will construct paper airplanes and compete in a paper airplane throwing contest.

Activity Idea Below

Lesson Plan: PDF Version
Demo Card: PDF Version