Doppler 9&10 STEM: Magic Water

Teachers & Parents:

Does your kid have a science question?

Have them send us a video with a weather question to!

Are you ready to be astounded and amazed? If I told you that you could get water from a plate and into a glass (without pouring it) with only a candle and a lighter, would you believe me?

Let me show you how it’s done.


First supplies. Candle

Water (add food coloring if you like)

A Plate


A Candle 


Now let’s Get into it.

First, melt some of your candle wax onto the plate. Then set the candle in the wax so that is can sand up on its own.

Next, pour the water onto the plate. This will cool the wax and keep the candle standing.

Now, Light your candle and carefully place your glass over the lit candle.

And watch the magic happen!

Here is what’s happening.

When a candle burns it takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. This means that each of the oxygen molecules trapped inside of the glass with the candle is slowly getting farther and farther away from each other as there are fewer of them in the glass. That creates a pulling force on the water at the bottom of the plate.

The force created by the oxygen molecules moving away from each other is strong enough to suck the water up into the glass.

Pretty cool right!?

if your kiddos try this experiment, send us photos of you and your experiment and you might get to see it during weather on The Four on Tuesdays!

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