Floating Orb

Explore some more mysterious forces of nature! Make a snow-white orb appear to float in space!

About 60 years before Mary Shelley was born, a Swiss mathematician named Daniel Bernoulli discovered a principle that explains some surprising things, like why some things that are heavier than air, like airplanes, can stay aloft.

Make this simple gadget to see this principle in action.

You can download and print these instructions.


Collect these materials:

  1. a ping pong ball
  2. a flexible “bendy” straw
  3. tape (masking tape or cellophane tape will work)
  4. a large piece of stiff construction paper
  5. scissors


Show us what you made!

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