ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

glowing pickle demonstration

Okay kiddo, have you ever eaten a pickle? You know, those green things that are a little sour and crunchy? Well, did you know that you can make a pickle glow in the dark? That's right, it's a really cool science experiment called the glowing pickle demonstration!

First things first, you need to get a pickle. It doesn't matter what kind of pickle, as long as it's not flavored or colored. You want it to be plain old pickle.

Then, you'll need to get two things that are a little bit dangerous, so make sure you have a grown-up to help you. Get a car battery and some wires with alligator clips on the end. This is what we use to make the pickle glow.

Next, you'll need to connect the wires from the car battery to the pickle. It's easy, just clip one wire to the positive end of the battery and the other wire to the negative end of the battery. Then, clip one wire to the top of the pickle and one wire to the bottom of the pickle. Make sure the wires don't touch each other!

Finally, turn off the lights and watch the magic happen! The pickle will start to glow because the electricity from the car battery is flowing through the pickle. It's really cool to see!

But remember, kiddo, always have a grown-up help you with this experiment. And never touch the wires or put the pickle in your mouth. Science can be fun and safe as long as we follow the rules!