How to make Plywood!

We are learning about types of wood, like plywood, particleboard, redwood, basswood, and pine. We made our own plywood. Plywood is made with thin sheets of wood that are glued together. You can make some too! Here is how…

Materials:
Liquid Glue
Three thin sheets of wood
one finger
pen or pencil

1. First, get three pieces of rectangular wood that are super skinny.
2. Write your name on one piece.
3. Put three drops of liquid glue on one piece of wood.
4. Smear the glue on one side with one finger all the way to the edge.
5. Take one piece of wood and stack it on the gluey piece. (Don’t put glue on your name!)
6. Make sure the edges are matched up then squish it flat!
7. Then put three dots of liquid glue on the stacked pieces. Remember to dot, dot, not a lot!
8. Spread the glue out to the edges.
9. Put your name piece of wood on top of the glue.
10. Match up the edges and SQUISH!
11. Let it dry.

Voila! You made PLYWOOD!!!

It’s a Solid! It’s a Liquid! No! It’s Plasma!

We have been studying the states of matter and discussing the properties of liquids and solids. As an added bonus, we have decided to look into Plasmas, otherwise known as Non-Newtonian Liquids. To start this experiment, let’s watch a short video from our favorite scientists, the Mythbusters!

What were the properties of the Non-Newtonian Liquid? How was it like a solid and how was it like a liquid? What was the property that the Mythbusters talked about?

Now, let’s make our own Non-Newtonian Liquid!

Materials:
1 cup of Cornstarch
1 1/2 cups of Water
Bowl
Spoon

Directions: Mix the ingredients together slowly in the bowl. After mixing well, have fun playing with your Non-Newtonian Fluid!

Find out more about Non-Newtonian Fluid!

Enjoy this last clip from Spain!