Can you make water droplets come alive?

Posted on July 6, 2016 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Is it possible to create lifelike movement in inanimate objects in your kitchen?

The answer, simply, is yes!

Gif: scientists making water droplets come alive with an experiment that makes colored water drops self organize
Source: STANFORD

So, how can you make water droplets appear to come alive? All you need is distilled water, some food coloring, an eye dropper or pipette, and some microscope slides!

This is a great experiment to do with kids over the summer on a rainy day, or in a classroom! Here’s one of our favorite YouTubers, Veritasium, with this fun DIY science. 

This isn’t just a fun experiment to impress curious young minds. Stanford researchers published an article in the well-known research journal Nature on the subject.

Here’s one more look at some of the incredible, and beautiful ways you can try experimenting with artificial chemotaxis.

Via: Stanford 2

You may have recognized one of those researchers, Manu Prakash, from the article we wrote about his project the Foldscope, it’s an incredible project you should check out if you haven’t seen it already.

Now, if you want to capture some images from your experiment but don’t have a microscope with a camera attached, check out our article on how to build a DIY microscope with your smartphone.

It’s exciting to live in a time where the experiments going on in Stanford research laboratories are accessible to us in our own homes or classrooms! That we can turn to something as universal as YouTube and learn an infinite amount about any subject under the sun is truly remarkable!

At EWC, we love to celebrate those that are making the best researched, most fascinating content out there and curating it for you. We have a lot to be excited about when it comes to the future of how the web can help enrich education, and we want to share that with the world!

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Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge