Science Corner!!

Gavin started us off on this second round of Scientist of the Day - "chicken sound from a cup" - using simple supplies, Gavin had fun demonstrating the various sounds that could that come from a plastic cup, with the use of a string, a bit of water, and a paper clip - rubbing the tight, moist string with his fingers, Gavin proved that he could male the sound of a chicken. Thank you Gavin.

Then today, Teddy, on his birthday, led us all outside to see how balloons expand when placed on the lid of a bottle of soda - of course the key ingredient in this experiment is the added mentos. The kids love when the soda begins to fizz. Thank you Teddy and Happy Birthday from all of us!

Will demonstrated how salt can prevent ice from sticking to a surface - with the help of salt, we saw that a piece of string, dipped in cold water and placed on ice cubes, would stick to the ice cubes - without the salt the string did not stick. Thank you Will and to your mom.

Addison's experiment showed us what happens when food coloring and dish soap meet in a bowl of milk - Addison called it Tie-Dyed milk! - thank you so much Addison - we all loved it!

Owen showed us another version of an exploding volcano, using baking soda and vinegar (colored with blue food dye). We always love this one. Thank you Owen.

Do you know how to make "hot ice"? Kate and her mom demonstrated this, using clear vinegar and baking soda - now, this mixture needed to be cooked (this part was completed at home) and then, when cooled and cooled, Kate let us hold the final product. Thank you Kate and to your mom.

Cathy, with the help of an app on her dad's phone, demonstrated various sound decibles - we compared the sound of our voices, stomping our feet, and clapping. Then we put them altogether - resulting in decibles approaching 80. That was loud!! Thank you Cathy and to your dad for coming in.

You can throw away the wipes as Chase was able to come up with a home remedy for a sweet smelling cleaner. His experiment was called Sudsy Lemon!!! The combination of baking soda, liquid dish soap, and lemons made a wonderful solution. Thank you Chase.

We all enjoying Lila's experiment, diffusion of food coloring! Food coloring seems to be an important ingredient in many of our choices. Thank you Lila.

Liam surprised us when he inserted sharpened pencils into water filled baggies, to discover that no water escaped from the baggie. His research explained that plastic bags are made of a polymer, which is long flexible chains of molecules. When you poke a pencil through the bag, the molecules spread apart and seal themselves around the pencil. Thank you Liam! We loved this.

Experimenting with Skittles, clear water, salt water, and vinegar, Alexa show us a Skittles Rainbow - we loved watching the interaction of the Skittles with the different types of liquids. The rainbow appeared quickest, splashed with the vinegar. Thank you to Alexa and to her dad.

Claire and her mom showed us what happens when an empty, regular tea bag, is set on fire. We saw the "ghost" tea bag float up!! When air heats up, it becomes less dense and when air becomes less dense, it rises. Thank you to Claire and her mom.

Today Juliette showed us the first steps in making crystals - mixed Epsom salt with boiling water and then added some food coloring to make them extra special. Tomorrow, after being in the refrigerator over night, we will observe the finished product. Thank you Juliette.