When you are in a party, it is common to see balloons. Balloons are almost like mandatory stuff for a party, whether it is for adult or children. Balloons are never old and almost in every occasion. Well, somehow, the balloons can make the atmosphere alive than usual because they are not only used for decoration, but also for fun. Even for some kids, buying balloons and carrying those everywhere seem pretty normal to do. Balloons surely make some people happier. Then, have you ever wondered about the helium balloons? Those balloons are pretty popular among kids and kids are fascinated to see those balloons. It must be pretty surprising when you know that can DIY Helium Balloons. Amazing, isn’t it? How can you make helium by yourself? Well, all you need is a simple chemical reaction. Yet, you know more about helium before stepping into some instructions of making DIY Helium Balloons. Well, this is more information about helium.
What is helium?
Helium is a chemical component which is usually known as He. The gas was discovered in 1895 by two chemists from Sweden, namely Per Teodor Cleve and Nils Abraham Langlet. They find the gas in uranium mineral cleveite. Helium is named after Helios, a Greek God which visualized the Sun. Helium has no color, odor, taste and it is considered as non-toxic gas. Also, helium is included as the noble gas group in the periodic table and it has the lowest boiling point compared with another gas elements.
Generally, helium is applied for some utilization. The largest use of helium can be found in the MRI scanners and NMR spectrometers. Both machines use helium as the elements for cooling the superconducting magnets. Another use of helium is related with welding, pressuring and purging systems, sustaining the controlled atmospheres, and leak detection. For the controlled atmospheres, the helium is functioned to be a protective gas in creating silicon and germanium crsytals, the making of titanium and zirconium, and in gas chromatography. Because of its nature, helium is also used in tunnels of supersonic wind and impulse facilities. Aside from those functions, there are also some other utilities of helium. One of them is as the fuel for airships and balloons. This function is familiar for us because it can be seen in our daily life. In this utilization, it is considered that helium is safer than hydrogen. Helium is one of nonflammable elements and it is fire retardant. That is also why the fire fighter always uses this element for preventing fire, along with water. Now, related to the balloons, these articles will help you to learn in making DIY Helium Balloons. Well, is it possible? Of course it is!
How to make DIY Helium Balloons
At the first glance, making helium yourself seems to be a complicated task. However, it is not that hard and people can do it anyway. You are just needed to prepare yourself to do a little experiment. You may invite your kids to join the experimentation and the good thing is you can teach one or two things related with it. Now, the first thing in making DIY Helium Balloons is, of course, preparing the materials. The first and the substantial thing are balloons. Make sure that you have some extra balloons to do this project, in case you do not succeed to make it for the first time. Then, find baking soda, vinegar, and empty water bottle to complement the test. For the water bottle, it is the best if you use water bottle from plastic, or the bottle which has a narrow neck. Also, for the vinegar, you can use any kind of vinegar to make it; but, to have the best result, you can use white vinegar. It is easy to get, right? You do not need to apply some complicated stuff to create helium. The elements for the experiment surprisingly can be found in your kitchen. Then, after you gather all the needed things, you can start the project.
The first step to make DIY Helium Balloons is to fill the water bottle that you have prepared with 1/3 of vinegar. You can use a funnel if you are afraid of spilling the vinegar. Then, you ensure that you have the right amount of vinegar. Wrong amount of vinegar can cause you to get different reaction. Next, you can fill the balloons into the balloons. You need to be careful to fill the baking soda. You do not want to spill any of it, do you? Either to use funnel or to get some help from others to hold the open side of the balloons can be applied for this step. Pour ½ of the baking soda into the balloons. Then, place the balloons over the top of the bottle. Do it slowly because you do not want anything to fall out, the vinegar and the baking soda. The next step is lifting the balloons and waiting for the reaction. The baking soda in the balloons should go into the bottom of the bottle and it is mixed with the vinegar in the bottle. Well, this is the moment of truth. It is the time to know if your experiment worked well or not. If everything is all right, the baking soda and the vinegar should fizz and cause a reaction that can make the balloons bloated. You can try to shake the bottle slowly to mix the two components completely and to make it hissed. And, yeah, good luck for the DIY Helium Balloons, if you should redo it, ensure you completely empty the bottle.
This mere experiment is a good project for you and your kids. You can teach them about helium and let them experience the experiment by themselves. It can encourage their excitement in knowing science and trigger them to study about chemical elements as well as chemical reactions. They can also know that the chemical reactions can be produced from the things around us, just like the helium balloons. The helium balloons can be created by using baking soda and vinegar, which can be found in the kitchen. Well, it will be a good experience for you and your kids.