Parents sometimes dread having to help their children with the lengthy task of doing very complicated science projects. Sometimes they even think that the science projects are a bit boring, and are even less enthused than their children about doing them. This does not have to always happen, however. There are projects out there that are fun and exciting, for both children and the parents to create. An example of one such experiment is with a Ferrofluid and magnet. You must purchase the Ferrofluid, and a somewhat large magnet in order to make the project successful.
For those who do not know, a Ferrofluid is a liquid containing numerous small particles. Water is one liquid that can be used in this, and often colors will be added in as well. Otherwise, metallic particles lend their own natural color to it. You will not need a lot of the solution to make the experiment successful. You can make the solution on your own, but it can be complicated and this is not recommended.
After making your purchase, place some of the fluid onto a segment of glass. An old window is great, because then you have the frame around the glass. The experiment will then have an artistic look, and be safer to anyone working with the glass. The glass must be set up so it is suspended in the air. If you did this step right, the fluid will be spread in a little pool on the glass.
Then, take your magnet and place it under the glass. The fluid’s metallic particles will be magnetically charged, meaning that they will be moving and taking shape. The liquid will rise and form into what seems to be a solid design. By moving the magnet, this design will be altered. By removing the magnet, the structure will collapse back into a pool.
Before you do this experiment, you may want to look at pictures of experiments using Ferrofluid, it really is quite amazing and fun. After trying it, you will probably want to try and move the magnet and see what shapes the fluid will make. These experiments are easy and cheap to produce.