For all the STEAM enthusiasts out there here is a fun device you can make to use with children of all ages at events and in your schools/learning groups.
This is a mist bubble maker that I built. I got the idea from Steve Spangler. With the addition of a portable battery, I have taken this to school choice events and used it for student events I have hosted. It produces bubbles that are filled with mist. If you combine this with a bouncing bubble solution and some cheap winter gloves kids can hold the bubble until it bursts to release a cloud of water vapor. Young, kings, teens, and adults all love it and once built it is cheap and easy to maintain.
Step-by-Step Guide: How to Build a Mist Bubble Maker for STEAM Enthusiasts
Plastic jar with lid (large enough to fit a small fog maker at the bottom)
Water fog maker (found on Amazon for under $20)
Clear plastic tubing (a couple of feet)
Hot glue gun
Strong Bubble solution (Optional: Spanglers bouncing bubble solution)
Optional: Cheap winter gloves
Step 1: Gather your materials. You will need a plastic jar with a lid, a water fog maker, clear plastic tubing, a drill, and a hot glue gun. You can find the fog maker on Amazon for under $20 and the tubing at a local hardware store.
Step 2: Prepare the jar. Using a drill, make three holes in the side of the jar. One hole will be for the cord of the fog maker to pass through, this should be pretty close to the bottom, one hole will be for the bubbles to come out this needs to be above the level that you expect the water to be, and the final hole will be near the top for the tube that you will be blowing through. Try to keep the holes no larger than necessary.
Step 3: Set up the fog maker. Place the fog maker at the bottom of the jar and pass the cord through the designated hole.
Step 4: Place the tubes in the upper two holes. Seal all the holes with hot glue. The hole for the cord will be underwater, so it needs to be sealed carefully to prevent leaks. You can’t really over do it with the hot glue.
Step 5: Add enough water to just cover the fog maker. Then plug in the fog maker. The jar should fill with mist.
Step 5: Dip the bubble tube in bubble solution.The other end should be above the water level in the jar.
Step 6: Blow mist-filled bubbles. Dip the lower bubble tube in a bubble solution. Blow through the top tube of the jar, and mist-filled bubbles will be produced. If desired, you can also use bouncing bubble solution and cheap winter gloves to hold the bubbles until they burst and release a cloud of water vapor.
Step 7: Enjoy your mist bubble maker! Once everything is set up, you can use this fun device at events, in schools, or learning groups to engage children of all ages in STEAM activities.
Note: Remember to periodically check and maintain the mist bubble maker as needed, and always supervise children when using the device.
Good luck, and I hope you enjoy this STEM tool!