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Lesson 08 – Experiment: Repelling Water

Read The Experiment to Learn About Repelling Water

Repelling Water

Water runs off or does not soak into some materials. This means the material the object is made from repels water. Test to find out which materials repel water.

What You Need
What You Do
What You Need

  • Plastic wrap, rubber balloon, cotton fabric, newspaper, and aluminum foil
  • A paper towel cut into 5 small pieces
  • 5 foil pie plates
  • 5 mL measure
  • Water

What You Do

  1. Predict which materials you think will repel water.
  2. Record your predictions on a piece of paper.
  3. Put a small piece of paper towel in each foil pie plate.
  4. Put one material on top of each piece of paper towel. Make sure the paper towel does not stick out!
  5. Ask an adult to pour 5 to 10 mL of water on each material. Wait 2 minutes.
  6. Ask an adult to remove the material from each pie plate without spilling the water.
  7. Check the paper towel pieces.
  8. Record your results.

Now Show What You Know!

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