Physics - Non-newtonian fluids

In this MEL Academy lesson your child will:

  • learn the nature viscosity
  • make a non-newtonian fluid with their own hands
  • find out what the soil liquefication is

Lesson time

7:00am   PST (San Francisco, Seattle, ...)
8:00am   MST (Phoenix, Denver, ...)
9:00am   CST (Chicago, Houston, ...)
10:00am   EST (New York, Toronto, ...)
3:00pm   GMT (London, ...)

Lesson duration: 45-55 minutes.

Prepare in advance

In this lesson, we will conduct "Liquid race and non-newtonian fluids" DIY experiments. Prepare in advance household materials shown below.

DIY Materials

  honey (preferably in a squirty tub)
  jug of water
  olive oil (ideally extra virgin)
  small tray (smooth)
  coins (any size)
  tall glass (see-through)
  plastic or metal bowl (cereal size)
  cornflour or cornstarch
  small glass or measuring cup
  access to water
  towel to dry hands
  bottle of ketchup (ideally glass bottle, not a squirt bottle)


Please, download and print this worksheet in advance. You’ll need to refer to it during the lesson.


This lesson is presented by Daniel Sullivan:

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel Sullivan is a hugely enthusiastic and experienced ex-head of science with over 20 years of teaching experience. He is now running a science teacher training company and is looking forward to engaging with students once again.