Elementary Science Experiments
Penny Drops

These elementary science experiments, Penny Drops, challenges kids of all ages. The challenge is to see how many small drops of water will fit on the head of a penny without overflowing.

Materials

  • Eye dropper
  • Water
  • Penny
  • Paper towel
  • Small bowl
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Cut a piece of paper towel into a 2 inch square.
  2. Place the paper towel on a flat surface. Place the penny on top of the paper towel.
  3. Make a prediction about how many drops of water you can put on the penny before it overflows. Write down your prediction on a piece of paper.
  4. Have a friend count the number of drops as you do the experiment.
  5. See how many you can place on the penny before the water overflows the penny and gets the paper towel wet.
  6. Repeat the experiment with the person counting before putting drops on a dry penny.
  7. Some eight grade students trying this experiment were able to put 165 drop on the penny before it overflowed!

Even more elementary science experiments.

  • Do the experiment using a dime and quarter instead of a penny.
  • Determine how many drops you can drop on different flat surfaces without the water flowing away.

Science behind the experiments

The reason the water mounded up on the penny was because water molecules are attracted to each other. Each water molecule has a positive and negative charge just like a magnet. The positive side of a water molecule is attracted to the negative side of another water molecule.

The attraction creates surface tension on the water. This is why raindrops form little spheres of water before they begin falling through the clouds toward the Earth's surface.

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