“Experiments with what?” I said.
“Oobleck,” she said. “Haven’t you ever seen it?”
“No,” I replied. “What the heck is it?”
Charcoal got clearly excited about this and yelled one of the ongoing mottos of our program: “Teachable moment! Teachable moment!” She ran to get her professor, who was still in the building, and together they brought some cornstarch and water and made up a batch of oobleck.
And suddenly, I realized why she was so fascinated.
This stuff is amazing! Move it fast - it’s a solid! Move it slowly - it’s a liquid! It’s remarkable, I swear! It’s all goopy and sticky and so much fun. And all the while, Charcoal’s professor is teaching us about the properties of it and all that. It was, as Charcoal said, a teachable moment.
Suddenly, I wiped my hands off and ran to my purse. Charcoal asked, “What are you doing?”
I grabbed my camera and came back over to the table. “This isn’t just a teachable moment,” I said.
“This is a bloggable moment.”
(If you want to see a REALLY cool demo of the properties of oobleck, check out this clip. If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, you should at least watch for a bit starting around 1:30. So entertaining.)