Did you know that it is possible to submerge a paper towel in water without getting it wet? While it doesn’t seem possible, it actually is. And all it takes in a little science fun to make it happen.
Dry Paper Towel Science Experiment Video
- Large Container
- Enough water to fill the container high enough that you can completely submerge the glass in it
- Paper Towel
Step 1 – Begin by filling a large container full of water. There must be enough water in the container for you to completely submerge the glass.
Step 2 – Next tear off a section of paper towel and stuff it into the bottom of the glass.
Step 3 – Carefully turn the glass upside down.
Helpful tip: Make sure the paper towel stays at the bottom of the glass. If it slips down, push it back in.
Step 4 – Carefully lower the glass into straight down into the water. Ensure that the glass does not tip to the side. Lower the glass until it is completely submerged.
Step 5 – Pull the glass straight out of the water. Ensure that the glass does not tip to the side. Then carefully remove the paper towel from the glass.
Step 6 – Once you remove the paper towel you will find that it is still dry even though you just submerged it in water
How Does the Experiment Work?
Even though the paper towel was under water it stayed dry. This is because of the air that is also in the glass. When the glass is lowered into the water the air is trapped inside and has no where to go. Because of this, the air pushes the water away as the glass is lowered.
When the air pushes the water away it keeps the water from touching the paper towel. That is why the paper towel stays dry.
Even More Science Fun
Dry the experiment again, but this time slightly tilt the glass to the side as you lower it into the water. What happens? Do you see a bubble rise to the top of the water? What do you think happened? And is the paper towel still dry or did it get wet?
If you enjoyed this experiment, you may also like these experiments with Water:
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I hope you enjoyed the experiment. Here’s some printable instructions