CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Eighth-grade science students at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua are learning about Oobleck.
The students are studying "the different spheres of the Earth and learned that the asthenosphere is a non-newtonian fluid, meaning it will behave as a solid under pressure, but can flow like a liquid when the pressure is removed," school officials said.
"So, for a science lab, students stood in a bucket of Oobleck, which is just corn starch and water, and were quite stuck until they relieved the pressure by lifting their legs," representatives said. "The Oobleck gave students a better understanding of the movement of the Earth’s crust on its mantle, and demonstrated how this plasticity allows for the tectonic plates to shift and move, which is how we went from Pangea to the individual continents we know today."
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