Tinker Bell, Peter Pan’s mischievous pixie, fluttered off the screen of the 1953 animated feature, Peter Pan, and into the hearts of children and their parents to become one of Disney’s most beloved characters. The ornery little sprite, known for her burning envy of Wendy and her enduring adoration of Peter, often hosts Disney television specials and sprinkles fairy dust over DVD intros.
To celebrate the current series of animated films based on Tink and her friends, Tinker Bell (2008), Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009), Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010), and Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings (2012), Disney’s most famous fairy and four of her best friends are featured in a meet-and-greet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Also, topiary Tinker Bell and her friends occupy Fawn’s Butterfly House at Pixie Hollow during Epcot’s annual International Flower and Garden Show.
- The flying Cast Member is the same woman who originated the role. She’s had such longevity, because she works less than a minute a day.
- The very first Tinker Bell was a European acrobat and trapeze artist who rode motorcycles on high wires for Ringling Brothers.
- Tink’s a real fairy.
- Tinker Bell is sometimes performed by a small-statured teenage boy, because the flying harness, often referred to as the “Peter Pan rig,” requires a performer weighing ninety pounds or less.
- Tinker Bell’s current costume is made of a special fabric with UV protection to prevent skin damage from the lights and pyrotechnics.
- The Cast Member playing Tinker Bell receives a full eight hours pay for less than a minute’s work, because the job is so hazardous.
The purpose was to see how changes in temperature, especially heat, affected the brightness of glow sticks as well as how long the glow lasted.
I built a light detector from a kit available at Radio Shack. The kit could sense light and it would tell me a reading. I put glow sticks in bottles where no light could get in, and I measured how bright light was, and I waited to see how long it would last. Then I put fresh glow sticks in the jar and added a couple cups of boiling water. The result was that the hot water made the glow sticks shine brighter, but for a shorter period of time. The heat of the water made the electrons in the glow sticks “work” faster, so they created more light, but then the energy ran out sooner so the glow disappeared faster.
What a fun project! Thanks for sharing, Philip!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Chemistry
SKILL LEVEL: High School
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