In a recent post, I mentioned the value of teaching magic tricks to kids for both social credit and to improve task engagement. Science experiments play a similar role, especially for students for whom science reigns in their narrow range of interests. So what to do when experiments flop? Take advantage of the learning moment. Teach words like “replicate” and “hypotheses.” And if your raisins do not “dance” in carbonated water, as they were supposed to, at least they look like cool underwater creatures!