FUN WITH SPARKS: Christian is watching long sparks jump between the points of two ice picks. Mr. Wizard explains that they are going to investigate high voltage electricity that has enough pressure to jump through the air. A spark that jumps a gap of 25 mm or 1 inch indicates a pressure of about 25,000 volts. COCKROACH: Why is it so hard to swat a cockroach? They seem to know when a blow is coming and scurry for cover. BURPING BOTTLE: Ashley pours a liquid into a funnel in a rubber stopper on a glass flask. The liquid at the top appears to be burping. CRYSTAL GARDEN: Jackie thinks there is mold growing on the objects on the table. Mr. Wizard agrees that it looks like mold, but is actually a form of crystals. MONITOR EXPEDITION: Modern scientific adventures actually began more than 100 years ago. That’s when one of the most famous naval battles of modern times was fought during the Civil War. The iron plated Merrimac of the South against the all iron Monitor of the North. Unfortunately, after the Civil War, the Monitor sank in a storm off the coast of North Carolina. See what they found. WHY DO BALLS CURVE?? Mr. Wizard throws a curve ball using a special tool called a throwing tube. He shows Stacey how the ball will spin as if a baseball pitcher is throwing it. FACE MASK: This man wearing a gas mask isn’t a man at all. It’s a computer graphic image of a face. MIRROR MICRO METER: Christian gives Mr. Wizard a couple of his hairs. Mr. Wizard tells him they are going to measure them using a micrometer. Christian defines micro as small and meter as measure.moreless
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