Show Me Some Science
This podcast was created in response to a request by teachers. The idea is to demonstrate things that are important but would be difficult to show in class. These podcast are short (about 1 minute in length) and are designed to be incorporated into a lesson. There is no explanation during on the video which leaves space for teachers to narrate an explanation or use the videos to launch a class discussion. Feel free to use these videos in your lecture slides.
A small hose is filled with a bucket of water, and attached to a beachball, which is lowered off of the 3rd floor balcony. Water continues to fill the ball, leading to explosive results.
Watch the Little Shop of Physics Crew use pressure from gravity to crush a metal can!
The Little Shop of Physics Crew dances disco on the track to show the speed of sounds as it propagates through the air!
This week we are working on an awesome podcast to show the speed of sound. Check out this quick little teaser to tide you over until we’re done editing.
Hit a giant water balloon with a baseball bat? Yes, please!
A magnet is placed in the air above a superconductor and it just stays there like magic. But it’s not magic, it’s science. Check out all of the awesome experiments we can do!
The Little Shop of Physics team uses a giant water balloon to demonstrate waves!
Food contains chemical energy that our bodies need to function. One way to measure the amount of energy is to burn the food and see how much thermal energy is released.
How many balloons would it take to support a person? How about the wheel of a car? The LSOP puts it to the test!
The Little Shop of Physics crew makes waves on giant rolled sheets of spandex!
Brian, Taylor and Bailey explore how magnetize and demagnetize magnetic materials. Then they use this to draw with magnetism!
A magnet is dropped on a cold block of copper and all sorts of awesome science ensues.
The Little Shop team experiments with putting different objects in different fluids and seeing which float. Helium filled bubbles in the air and granite in mercury metal! Does it float?
In this episode, we look at different objects in free fall. When you drop an object from a high height, and it is in the air, there are no forces acting on it other than gravity. This is called free fall. Can objects fall faster than free fall? It turns out an outstretched slinky can, because of the force of the bottom pulling the top down!
A thin piece of graphite levitates above a bunch of magnets!
There’s nothing intrinsically “floaty” about helium. You can make a helium balloon that sinks, if it’s cold enough, as we see in this video.
Bees are capable of remarkable feats of orientation and navigation; they have a very strong sense of direction.
We’ve all heard talk about greenhouse gases—the gases in the earth’s atmosphere that help keep the earth warm. What’s so special about these gases that gives them this awesome power?
In this episode we use near infrared (near-IR) light to look at and through different objects. Near-IR is a kind of light we can’t see that is just beyond the red end of the rainbow. Some things that are opaque to visible light are transparent to infrared, including plastic bags and your skin! However, the blood in your veins absorbs near-IR light and appears dark.
Waves are one way in which energy can be sent down a string. When two waves meet, they interact.
The Little Shop of Physics Crew plays bounce off of a 3.7 meter (approximately 12-foot) beach ball in order to show that air does indeed have mass.
Liquid oxygen is collected on a pretzel, and when lit it burns like a Roman Candle!