J-Stace The Science Ace: Bouncing Bubbles

J-Stace The Science Ace Makes Touchable Bubbles

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Making Touchable Bubbles
What normally happens when you try to touch a bubble? With this experiment, you can hold a bubble in your hand and even bounce it around.
What You Need
  • corn syrup bubble solution
  • 1 Cup of warm water (purified water works best)
  • 2 Tablespoons of dish liquid
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of light corn syrup
  • A pair of clean gloves or socks
  • Bubble wand
  1. To begin, you will need to mix up some bubble solution using either the recipe with corn syrup  from above. For the best results, let the bubble solution sit for about a day. This gives the mixture time to settle for the optimal bounciness.
  2. When the solution is good and settled, put on gloves or put a pair of clean socks on your hands.
  3. Blow the bubbles or have a friend blow them. Try to catch the bubbles with your hands.
The Science Behind the Experiment
The gloves are the key to touchable bubbles. Our hands have dirt and oil on them, which causes bubbles to pop. So with the gloves on, the bubbles have a surface that they can land on and even bounce off. Try using other fabrics and surfaces to see which works best.
A bubble is just air wrapped in soap film. Soap film is made from soap and water (or other liquid). The outside and inside surfaces of a bubble consist of soap molecules. A thin layer of water lies between the two layers of soap molecules, sort of like a water sandwich with soap molecules for bread. They work together to hold air inside.
Science Word of the Day – Soap film is made from soap and water or other liquids.