Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bubble Experiment

Here I am in cozy Vermont.
In the Winter.
High of 5 degrees Farenheit yesterday.
High of -2 degrees today and low of -17.

But enough talk about the weather.
Before we came to the Winter Residency of the Vermont College Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, our picture book writing group had talked ahead of time about a science experiment we wanted to do.
How do below zero temperatures affect bubbles?

As we went to the last readings of the day at Vermont College last evening, my roommate blew bubbles.
The temperature was hovering around zero and they acted like normal bubbles.

Arround 10 pm, on the way back to the dorm, my roommate blew more bubbles. Or tried to.
No bubbles would come out of her bubble wand. Finally, she waved the wand frantically and
a small bubble flew out and drifted down to the snow. And stayed a bubble.

We touched it.
It was frozen -- in a bubble shape.
When we picked one up, it thawed and slowly collapsed like a balloon losing air, then melted.

It was -5 degrees farenheit.

I hear that beyond -10 degrees, bubbles shatter like glass.
We can't wait to try it again tonight.
at -17 degrees.
-wendie O

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