For anyone seeking to discover their inner Edison, visit our do-it-yourself science channel on YouTube that gives viewers the recipes to perform their own simple (and safe) lab experiments.
GE scientists designed six experiments, inspired by the real science they work on every single day to build GE’s machines. In Speaker Splatter, for example, DIYs use a subwoofer and a non-Newtonian fluid—these liquids start behaving in strange ways when they get stressed—made from simple household items to visualize sound waves. This demonstrates the same principles used in industrial-machine monitoring, where fluids can help visualize sounds in the form of what are called standing waves.
This initiative, called LABracadabra, teaches anyone to make frothing lemon volcanoes, bubbling lava lamps and foaming fountains using ingredients you can find around the house.
In addition to creating cool visuals, each experiment also teaches viewers about scientific principles and their applications in modern technology. Did you know, for example, that the same intermolecular forces that make blobs of water rise and fall in a lava lamp are helping engineers build better water-purification membranes?
The LABracadabra videos are simple to follow. Like good cooking demonstrations, they allow DIYers to create complex reactions in their own kitchens using just vinegar, baking soda, food coloring and other basic staples. Budding scientists can also purchase kits on the project’s website that come with everything they need for five of the experiments, including ingredients and lab and safety equipment.
What’s more, LABracadabra is integrated into Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant. With a device such as Echo, LABracadabra enthusiasts can listen to Alexa guide them through the experiments, offer help and mix in a handful of interesting facts.
Source: GE Reports