Science Club Experiments with Non-newtonian Fluids


Photo By C. High

Kremena Mavrodieva '16 and Spencer Rhea '16 put their hands in the non-newtonian fluid.

By Ethan Lao, Yearbook Designer

On Sept. 22, Science Club met with the students from Mr. Joel Taylor’s eighth block Accelerated Science 2 class.

Each week, the club meets to pick an interesting topic and conduct an exciting experiment while learning about the science behind it. Science enthusiasts have an opportunity to come together and enjoy working with science.

“I wanted to join the club because I really enjoy doing science and experiments,” Sean Thomas ‘19 said. “I’m also really looking forward to future experiments and what’s going to happen.”

This week, they did this with Mr. Joel Taylor’s class, who had began their experiment during their block, continuing after school. The day’s experiment was on non newtonian fluids. They accomplished this experiment with two ingredients — water and a lot of cornstarch. After mixing the water and cornstarch together in a large tub, the students got to observe how non newtonian fluids worked by actually trying it out.

While the students experimented with it, the science behind it was explained by the club leaders.

Kremena Mavrodieva '16 and Spencer Rhea '16 put their hands in the non-newtonian fluid.
Kremena Mavrodieva ’16 and Spencer Rhea ’16 put their hands in the non-newtonian fluid.

“How a non newtonian fluid works, is that if you apply force quickly, the particles in a liquid do not have enough time to move, so they are compressed into what seems like a solid,” President Tatiana Larina ‘16 said.

The students attempted “running on water” by running in place quickly in the tub. Because of the non newtonian fluids, some students could run without sinking in and managed to jump out without getting their feet wet. However, the other students were not able to run fast enough and sunk into the liquid. But, no matter what happened, everyone was really excited about what they had learned.

“It was really fun, because the liquid could be really gooey and then you could pound it and it would be hard,” said Nico Goff ‘18, a student from Mr. Taylor’s class.

By the end, the students not only got to learn something new, but they also had a great time while experimenting.

This organization is all about having fun and learning about science at the same time, making it something many students enjoy.

“I really like this club,” Larina said, “because I get to watch people learn about things and see them genuinely excited about what they are doing.”
Science club meetings are every Tuesday from 4:20 to 5:00 p.m.