Word of the Day: Oobleck

When I started teaching, I told the kids they had the hard part — I expected them to make me feel young(er).  I got a good example today which serving as an aide in 8th grade science class.

Have you ever heard of an Oobleck?  It’s a non-Newtonian fluid that was the creation of Dr. Seuss in his book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.  Bacially, a non-Newtonian fluid acts like a liquid when poured, but a solid when a force acts on it.  One of the 8th grade boys did an experiment involving forces acting through a non-Newtonian fluid on eggs, and that’s all I understood.  It’s the kind of factoid that keeps me coming back to the classroom.

If you’d like to know more, here’s “Oobleck: The Dr. Seuss Science Experiment”  —  http://www.instructables.com/id/Oobleck/

And if you really want to get into non-Newtonian fluids —  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Newtonian_fluid#Oobleck

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