The magic sand mystery on Science in School

James is an old man, but ever since kindergarten he has been crazy about building sand castles. Over the years, they got bigger and bigger, more detailed and more elaborate: he would make fairy-tale figures, animals and buildings. James became a champion sand-castle builder but one day he entered a competition that was a little different. He went to the beach and was assigned a small patch of sand. He took a bucket of water and poured it over the sand, but something really strange happened: the sand would simply not get wet. How can you build a sand castle when the sand won’t get wet?  You can read the full story of James and explain chemistry using an everyday toy to introduce mystery into the classroom on the last issue of Science in School

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