In this week’s Sunday Science Tidbit, we’ll take some common household items and make a fun project about density!

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Warm air rises and cool air sinks” but why? It’s all thanks to density. If something (like cool air) is more dense, it will sink to the bottom and the less dense (warm air) will rise.


I’ve enlisted in the help of Kelly Byrne to help me put this theory to the test.  In this week’s project you’ll need a clear tube, 2 cups, water, spoon, food coloring, coffee creamer and sugar!

Pour warm water into one of your cups and add your favorite color to it. Add coffee creamer and sugar to the other cup. The more sugar the better. Stir it until it is completely dissolved. The coffee creamer and sugar is more dense than the regular water so it needs to go on the bottom. Pour in your coffee creamer. Now the next part takes patience. SLOWLY add your water with a spoon to the very top of the coffee creamer. You may see a little mixing but the colors will begin to separate due to the differing densities!

~ Meteorologist Candice Boling

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