Category Archives: Experiments

“Why do you have to change baking recipes at high altitudes?”

Hi all, it’s back to school time here at Caterpickles Central, which means my annual summer hiatus from blogging about the random questions that pop up in our lives is over. It also means that it’s time to bake the annual batch of back-to-school brownies. I normally skip over high altitude baking instructions because they aren’t relevant to my life, but today, for whatever reason, they caught my eye. My brownie mix said to add extra flour and water in high altitude locations and I couldn’t help but wonder why. Continue reading

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“What happens in a microwave that makes jawbreakers explode?”

If you’re just joining us, last week I learned that jawbreakers can explode when heated in a microwave. This week, I’m going to find out why. What happens in a microwave that makes jawbreakers explode? The 30-second answer (That’s “tl;dr” for … Continue reading

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“Why can’t you heat a jawbreaker?”

In an effort to finally rid the house of our leftover Halloween and Easter candy, I snagged a copy of Loralee Leavitt’s Candy Experiments and began to flip through looking for a way to dispose of all those unwanted Peeps. … Continue reading

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Sky Watch: Total Solar Eclipse August 21

Solar eclipse headed our way in two days. Have you made your solar eclipse viewing kit yet? Continue reading

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“How does a Galileo thermometer work?”

Too many weeks for a toddler to count ago, I promised you that we’d talk about how a Galileo thermometer actually works. I fully intended to answer this question at the time, but somehow kept finding one reason or another to put … Continue reading

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Your storm glass update

As you remember, yesterday The Nine-Year-Old and I tried to reset our storm glass, with rather surprising results. A couple of hours after the official experiment had ended, I wandered into the office to find the once-clear storm glass looking like … Continue reading

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“How do we reset the storm glass?”

Last week, we tested our storm glass to see whether the crystals were forming (or dissolving) in response to changes in temperature. Short answer: Yes. But as you’ll remember, at the end of the experiment we were left with a pretty … Continue reading

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“How do storm glasses work?” Part Two: The Testing

About two weeks ago, after noticing that our replica storm glass had been predicting cloudy skies more or less continuously since we acquired it six months ago, The Nine-Year-Old and I began to wonder how storm glasses worked. You can … Continue reading

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(Not Even Sort of) Wordless Wednesday: Storm Glass Fun

Two days ago, I moved the storm glass into the master bathroom in preparation for the battery of tests we’re going to subject it to over the weekend. (I wanted the glass to have a couple of days to acclimate to … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: “Are caterpillars ticklish?” Part Two: The Tickling

Every once in a while when I tell people the name of my blog, they want to know why I picked it. Believe it or not, there is actually a reason. Back in the days when my daughter’s question-to-declarative sentence … Continue reading

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