Frostbite Theater

Welcome to Frostbite Theater, a collection of science videos produced by Jefferson Lab!

Liquid Nitrogen Experiments

Have you ever wanted to play with liquid nitrogen, but didn't happen to have any lying around the house? No problem! We did the experiments and filmed them for your viewing pleasure!

Freezing Balloons!
Freezing Balloons!

Instant Liquid Nitrogen Balloon Party!
Instant Liquid Nitrogen Balloon Party!

Shattering Flowers!
Shattering Flowers!

Let's Pour Liquid Nitrogen on the Floor!
Let's Pour Liquid Nitrogen on the Floor!

Giant Koosh Ball!
Giant Koosh Ball!

Egg + Liquid Nitrogen + Time-lapse!
Egg + Liquid Nitrogen + Time-lapse!

Dry Ice vs. Liquid Nitrogen!
Dry Ice vs. Liquid Nitrogen!

Liquid Nitrogen Cooled Dry Ice in Water!
Liquid Nitrogen Cooled Dry Ice in Water!

Shattering Pennies!
Shattering Pennies!

Let's Freeze Liquid Nitrogen!
Let's Freeze Liquid Nitrogen!

Liquid Nitrogen in a Microwave!
Liquid Nitrogen in a Microwave!

Freeze the Rainbow!
Freeze the Rainbow!

Liquid Nitrogen and Antifreeze!
Liquid Nitrogen and Antifreeze!

Liquid Nitrogen and Fire!
Liquid Nitrogen and Fire!

Liquid Nitrogen and the Tea Kettle Mystery!
Liquid Nitrogen and the Tea Kettle Mystery!

The Flying Ring!
The Flying Ring!

Pewter Bells
Pewter Bells

Exploding Rubber Stopper!
Exploding Rubber Stopper!

Popping Film Canisters!
Popping Film Canisters!

Insulators!
Insulators!

Liquid Nitrogen Show!
Liquid Nitrogen Show!

Superconductors!
Superconductors!

Cells vs. Liquid Nitrogen!
Cells vs. Liquid Nitrogen!

Liquid Nitrogen and Lava!
Liquid Nitrogen and Lava!

Liquid Nitrogen on a Can of Soda!
Liquid Nitrogen on a Can of Soda!

Can of Soda in Liquid Nitrogen!
Can of Soda in Liquid Nitrogen!

Liquid Oxygen vs. Liquid Nitrogen

Liquid nitrogen not exciting enough for you? How about adding liquid oxygen to the mix!

Liquid Oxygen and Fire!
Liquid Oxygen and Fire!

Paramagnetism
Paramagnetism

Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes

Static Electricity Experiments

We hope you'll get a charge out of these shocking experiments!

Opposites Attract and Likes Repel
Opposites Attract and Likes Repel

Thunder and Lightning
Thunder and Lightning

Lightning Rods
Lightning Rods

Van de Graaff Confetti Explosion
Van de Graaff Confetti Explosion

Big Sparks, Little Sparks!
Big Sparks, Little Sparks!

Polar Molecules
Polar Molecules

Static Electricity and Bubbles!
Static Electricity and Bubbles!

How Does a Van de Graaff Generator Work?
How Does a Van de Graaff Generator Work?

How to Make Your Own Electroscope!
How to Make Your Own Electroscope!

Should a Person Touch 200,000 Volts?
Should a Person Touch 200,000 Volts?

The Half-life of Barium-137m

Have you ever wanted to do an experiment using radioactive materials but didn't happen to have your own supply of sources, scintillators and photomultiplier tubes? Now, you can use our equipment to do an experiment to measure the half-life of barium-137m!

Equipment Overview
Equipment Overview

Collect the Data!
Collect the Data!

Calculations and Results
Calculations and Results

Experiments You Can Try at Home!

Do you want to do some experiments yourself, but don't happen to have a Van de Graaff generator or your own personal supply of liquid nitrogen? Here are some things you can try that use common household items or materials that are easily obtainable. Parental guidance and supervision is highly recommended!

How to Make a Cloud Chamber!
How to Make a Cloud Chamber!

Squealing Dry Ice
Squealing Dry Ice

Optical Illusions
Optical Illusions

Let's Make Oobleck!
Let's Make Oobleck!

Amazing Anti-Gravity Water Trick!
Amazing Anti-Gravity Water Trick!

How It's Done - Anti-Gravity Water Trick!
How It's Done - Anti-Gravity Water Trick!

Measure the Speed of Light - With Chocolate!
Measure the Speed of Light - With Chocolate!

Measure the Width of a Hair - With a Laser!
Measure the Width of a Hair - With a Laser!

Light is a Particle!
Light is a Particle!

Let's Measure the Diameter of the Sun!
Let's Measure the Diameter of the Sun!

Lights on Pipes!
Lights on Pipes!

Monarch Butterflies

Simply an amazing creature! Don't worry... liquid nitrogen is not involved!

Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly
Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly Pupation
Monarch Butterfly Pupation

Monarch Butterfly Emergence
Monarch Butterfly Emergence

Astronomy

Lunar Eclipses
Lunar Eclipses

The Total Lunar Eclipse of December 21, 2010
The Total Lunar Eclipse of December 21, 2010

Just for Fun

Not everything in science has to be an experiment, you know.

How to Make Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
How to Make Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Liquid Nitrogen Viewer Requests!
Liquid Nitrogen Viewer Requests!

Jefferson Lab Open House (2010)
Jefferson Lab Open House (2010)

Season One Bloopers
Season One Bloopers

Season Two Bloopers
Season Two Bloopers