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Making a Splash with TCHS CLOµDS

 As part of our Trenton Central High School extension of CLOµDS, Steph & Aliya meet weekly with nine honors students at TCHS. Together, we have been researching different experiments to perform aboard the Weightless Wonder this summer along with nine offshoot experiments for each student to enter into the Mercer County Science and Engineering Fair. This week, we started ground based testing for our microgravity experiment: Bursting Dynamics in Microgravity.

As our first experiment, we used our high speed camera to film balloons bursting. Capturing data at ~1000 frames per second, we attempted to puncture balloons filled with various volumes of water, soap, and corn syrup. We found that the balloons filled with water were the easiest to burst, and they made quite a splash! In January, we’ll take a look at the video recorded and start to design our experiment for microgravity.

As always, we want to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Maureen Quinn.  This program is a part of the larger effort to get students thinking like scientists that she directs, Science Mentors.

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