Summer U Newsletter
Science Explorations: Session 2, Week 3
June 28, 2013
- Paper Airplane Explorations
- --> Students explored paper airplane designs using templates and their own designs. They tested their designs outside.
- Inflating Balloons using Baking Soda and Vinegar
- --> Students poured baking soda and vinegar into a bottle, placed a balloon over the top, and watched it inflate!
- Inflating Balloons Experiment Variations
- --> Groups of students chose one variable to change: they either changed the baking soda to alka seltzer or the vinegar to lemon juice, and they compared the results
- Balloon Speakers
- --> Students put inflated balloons to their ears and listened to how it amplified sounds around them due to the compressed air that was caused by inflating the balloon
- Static Electricity
- --> Using the inflated balloons, students explored static electricity through positive charges on their bodies and negative charges on the balloon attracting
- Tornado in a Bottle
- --> Students used water, dish soap, and food coloring inside of a closed water bottle to manually spin the bottle and create a mini-tornado inside!
- Pepper, Liquid, and Soap Variation
- --> Students chose a new liquid to try to pepper and dish soap experiment with: either lemon juice, vegetable oil, or vinegar. They then compared the results to the initial experiment using milk.
- Coke and Mentos Geyser
- --> Students observed as Mentos mints were placed into a large bottle of Coca-Cola. A geyser was created due the reaction of the mint and the soda!
- Bouncy Balls (next Monday)
- --> Using simple materials, students will create a goopy substance that they will then roll into bouncy balls!
- Oobleck (next Tuesday)
- --> After reading the story, "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss, students will create goopy oobleck and explore the non-newtonian fluid (it acts like a liquid when being poured, but like a solid when a force is acting on it). You can grab the substance, and then it will ooze out of your hands!
Students have also worked on classifying items in a category using a dichotomous key. I have enjoyed working with the science students this summer! They have worked very hard, and are very inquisitive and fueled by science! We have had a great time exploring science together.
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