Mobile Museum Exhibits

Ferrofluid

Dr. Cy knows that sometimes it's important to see past the big picture, to look closer, delve deep into the details and uncover the amazing attributes of our world on an infinitely, smaller scale.

To demonstrate, the dedicated doctor lingered in his lab forging a fiendishly fascinating formula. By suspending nano-sized iron particles in oil and placing them in a liquid carrier, he created Ferrofluid. It sits motionless, contained in a clear canister and pinned in by two powerful magnets.

Adjust the positions of the magnets by turning the knobs. In the process, you'll discover how a little science knowledge and the magic of magnetic fields can bring this boring, black blob to life!

CONCEPTS: magnetism, magnetic fields, nano-scale, inquiry.