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Magic Sand Demonstration


This demonstration is a product of Nanodays and NISE Network ( Included in your demonstration kit is a guide with directions and information on how nanotechnology is involved.




In this demonstration you have two types of sand. The cup on the left is regular sand. The cup on the right is magic sand.



Pour water into the cup holding regular sand. What do you notice?



Observe how the sand sinks into the sand. Now try pouring water into the cup holding magic sand. Start with just a few drops. What do you notice?



Observe how the water remains on the surface of the magic sand. It is not absorbed by the sand!



Compare the two cups!




Now try this!

Fill the cups up completely.

Take a spoon and scoop out the sand. Is the magic sand wet?


What's going on? Check the guide here.



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This demonstration meets the following California Science Standards:

Physical Science

  • K–4: Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted
  • 5–8: Elements and their combinations accounts for all the varied types of matter int he world
  • 5–8: Structure and properties of matter
  • 9–12: Atomic and molecular structure

Investigation and Experimentation

  • K–4: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions
  • 5–8: Classifying objects
  • 5–8: Ability to conduct scientific inquiry
  • 9–12: Formulate explanations by using logic and evidence
  • 9–12: Investigate a science-based societal issue

Technical and educational staff services are possible through the generosity of the National Science Foundation through support via the NNIN.