Spangler’s Cornstarch Walk on Water Featured on Discovery’s Time Warp

Time Warp is one of Discovery’s newest shows and it’s definitely worth watching… even if you’re not a science geek. Hosts Jeff Lieberman and Matt Kearney are on the prowl for anything and everything that might be cool to examine under high-speed photography. On the November 5, 2008 episode, Time Warp featured the Cornstarch Walk on Water stunt our team created for the Ellen Show back in February.

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It’s good to see that our mixing proportions of 2,500 pounds of cornstarch to about 200 gallons of water – all mixed in a cement truck – worked well for them, too. The best part of the segment was the slow motion photography showing just how the non-Newtonian cornstarch and water mixtures behaves under stress. The images are nothing short of amazing.

Here are our behind the scenes images of how to prepare the mixture – cement truck and all – at the Ellen Show and an inside look at just how messy the process really is. But it’s worth it!

Want to try it on a smaller scale? Learn how to make a backyard version of the Cornstarch Walk on Water.

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6 replies
  1. la linda
    la linda says:

    wow i am going to do a scince project on this and i would love to work with this it looks cool and i hope that it will turn out fine

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  2. jack
    jack says:

    im learning about ths in science, and i was just looking for the video of the people from timewarp walking on the cornstarch and water, do you know where i can find the video

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  3. bimbola
    bimbola says:

    me and my partner are having a upcoming science fair and it is mandatory for our grade! please we have a 61 by 40.6 box how many boxes of cornstarch do we need and how much water please i beg you reply me! we seriosly need help.

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