Personal confession for the day: I am a serious fantasy and science fiction fan; in fact, I have what could be considered an “unhealthy” fascination with Harry Potter and his Wizarding World (admitting it is the first step to recovery). But I’m also super into science, which I think I’ve mentioned before. My job as a museum educator is so awesome, I can combine these passions for the fantastical and the empirical in cool ways to get kids interested in science and have a little fun with it. I really like putting together science magic demos and showing my art students how optical illusions work in the brain.
When I was going through some of the demos we keep around in the museum for a special outreach event, I re-discovered this very awesome water trick. I get geeky excited when I find a science experiment that demonstrates interesting real science AND looks like a wizarding spell from HP himself. I mean seriously, you can make water levitate, this is some real sciencey Wingardium Leviosa, baby. It’s so simple and easy to put together, you can do it at home, right now, on a whimsical impulse if you want (those are the best kinds of science, BTW).