Welcome to the Wonder Zone!
Wonder how? Wonder why? Wonder Zone is your weekly peek into the minds of Cincinnati Museum Center Program Specialists. Why are Peacock feathers so shiny? How do magnets work? Every week, James, Brian, Megan or another CMC specialist will guide you through a new experiment answering questions like these. See how to perform fun science experiments at home and, more importantly, learn why and how the experiment even works in the first place.
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Wonder Zone Video of the Week
Ooooo … shiny. Figure out what makes peacock feathers so colorful.
Bowl or pan
Crayon or metallic marker
Clear nail polish
- Write your name or initial on the paper using the crayon
- Pour water in the pan enough so that it’ll completely submerge the paper
- Slide the paper into the pan so that it’s completely submerged
- Drip a drop of the clear nail polish onto the surface of the water. You should see it spread out as a thin film on the water’s surface
- Carefully and slowly lift the paper up through the film
- If done correctly, the polish should have stuck to the paper, giving the paper an iridescent rainbow shine
Go further: try making different designs with the crayon or using different shapes of paper.