Five Experiments and Projects to Try When You’re Bored

Everyone gets bored at some point; if you ever are, try out one of the things on this list!

I’m sure there are a handful of times every year when you have nothing to do; may it be because all of your friends are vacationing while you are stuck at home, or your business meeting that was supposed to take the whole day was cancelled. Whatever the case, here’s my top five list Of things to do when you’re bored:

  1. Make a Non-Newtonian Fluid with Cornstarch and Water

    Basically, when you apply pressure to the non-Newtonian fluid it turns to a solid, otherwise it’s a liquid. So basically if you were to fill a pool with the stuff you could run across it, but if you stopped running and just stood there you would sink. Here’s a guide if you’d like to try it out. Check it out:

  2. Make a Laser Pointer that Can Burn Things

    You’ll need to have some equipment to solder and buy a 16x DVD Burner to do it, but it’d definitely worth it! Here’s a video to show you how:

  3. Make an Electric Multi-Touch Whiteboard with a Wii Remote Control.

    This is probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen; all you need is a Wii remote control and a projector to make this work. It’s a cheap project for what you get in return. It’s possible to do on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows XP as well. Go here for a guide on how to do it. To see how cool it is, just check out the video below!

  4. Play with Dry Ice

    Dry ice is definitely a cool thing to play with, especially if you have some apples, flowers and things like that. All you need is the dry ice and some stuff to freeze with it. Look how much fun these girls had with it:

  5. Get some Raw Sodium and Put it in Water

    This is probably the most dangerous one, depending on what you do. When you put raw sodium in water an extremely violent reaction occurs causing the sodium to catch on fire or explode. It doesn’t take much sodium to cause an explosion, so be careful! Even a quarter-sized chunk could potentially be very dangerous. These guys show you just how dangerous (and fun) it really is:

Hopefully one day when you’re bored you can come back and try one of these; I guarantee you’d be in for some fun and excitement!

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3 Responses to “Five Experiments and Projects to Try When You’re Bored”
  1. Daniel Canfield Says...

    On July 29, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Raw Sodium and water looks like a lot of fun!

  2. Stefo Says...

    On December 15, 2009 at 5:16 am

    We got to do the sodium one in our chemistry class. our teacher said it was the biggest explosion he had seen from that reaction, and hes been teaching chem for like 15 years.. it was awesome

  3. Sht face Says...

    On January 24, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Good to fk

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