When it comes to kids’ science experiments, there are few as easy as this one. Racing Pepper is a simple prep science activity with major “wow” factor! We promise: your kids will love trying it again and again and again…
To prep, we gathered our supplies:
- A flat plate or bowl
- Dish soap
- A Q-tip
That’s it! See?! I promised it was a synch!
Then we got to work giving our pepper a little speed. Check out how we did it!
The Science Behind It
The water has surface tension that keeps all of the molecules in their spot. When you touch the surface of the water with the dish soap, it breaks that surface tension, causing the water to quickly pull the pepper away from the soap and toward the outside edge.
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