Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Fun 2014 - How to Pop a Water Balloon With a Magnifying Glass (Take 2)



The sun finally decided to come back out from behind the clouds, and we were able finish up our water balloon, magnifying glass investigations.


First off, we confirmed again, that while we could not heat the water inside the balloon as we had by holding a water balloon over a flame (click here to read about that), the balloon still would not pop, like our air-filled balloons had, with a direct beam of sunlight focused on it, unless...


...we focused the sunlight directly onto the air bubble inside the water balloon.


Then, the balloon burst as instantly as our air filled balloons had before, but with a sudden splash instead of the ear splitting "pop".

Once you focus the beam of light onto the air bubble, the balloon pops almost instantly, drenching the person doing the popping, and startling everyone else.  It's a little like playing with a Jack-in-the-box, terrific fun if you have the nerve for it.

6 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

You come up with the best science experiments!

Angelic Scalliwags said...

I am sooo doing this with the children! We've done it with chocolate, melting it into a gooey mess but I would never have thought of popping a balloon. T will love this!

Lucinda @ NavigatingByJoy.com said...

This one really made me laugh! :-D Definitely one to add to the summer fun list.

Ticia said...

Oh gosh, I can just imagine how high they jumped when it popped.

Bethany said...

You know it looks like you are at our house! Your deck is just like ours! ;) my kids would live this experiment. Water and loud noises are sure to be a big hit!

Amber Hockman said...

You are the coolest!