Enter the lab for a close-up and hands-on experience with chemistry.
Observe the properties of dry ice while using thermodynamics to create your very own ice cream. Test the characteristics of crystal polymers. Figure out how to make water vanish before your eyes, freeze bubbles, and (safely) explode watermelons. As you experiment with an assortment of household items, discover how chemistry is applied in various professional industries. By performing a variety of intriguing experiments, you’ll shape your understanding of chemistry and how it impacts the world around us.
Using the scientific method as a guide, outline your own experiments as you tackle design challenges that range from neutralizing acids and bases to determining the perfect ratio of ingredients in a chocolate chip cookie.
Develop your own functional hand warmer and collect data to see how your creation compares to those of other scientists in the class. After a thorough analysis of the results, predict how to generate even more heat in a future iteration.
Dry Ice Properties
Play with solid carbon dioxide, a substance that is much colder than ice. Observe how it interacts with its environment by testing it with dye, metal, and soap, to create different colors and even sounds.
There’s never been a better excuse to blow up a watermelon! Apply the Ideal Gas Law to engineer a safe method to create pressure and cause a massive melon explosion.
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