Are you the type of person that likes to find out how things work by experimenting? Does your kitchen turn into a science laboratory over the weekend? Your challenge is to design a Science Spectacular to showcase to others! You will prepare and demonstrate a number of different science experiments that those around you can enjoy. Experiments should demonstrate that science is fun and integral to many areas of everyday life. Safety goggles on, lab coat donned and away we go!
Bill Nye the Science Guy has been a school wide name for the past 20 years. His wacky personality and love for scientific inquiry has really connected with children of all ages. In this challenge we would like to bring out the wacky scientist in everyone. To begin, children will work with the mentor to make observations of regular scientific occurrences around the home (color mixing in food, bugs on the surface of water, water and oil separating, etc). Children will then be able to choose from a list of experiments that prove why these phenomena occur. They will then recreate this experiment in a way that is engaging and fun to an audience of people. Children will be able to communicate the success of their experiment by:
1) demonstrating fundamental knowledge of where this phenomenon happens everyday 2) explaining and showing an audience an example of this phenomenon 3) sharing their understanding with an audience in a fun and engaging way. The world is looking for the next Bill (or Barbara!) Nye and we think we have one right here at The Study Room!
Experiments include: ▪ Smartie Party – discover how Smartie colours spread but don't mix straight away, in water. ▪ Milky Rainbow – surface tension discoveries with milk, food colouring and detergent. ▪ Mini volcano – vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, detergent and food colour creates lots of fun! ▪ A Chilly Recipe – a great endothermic reaction with bicarbonate of soda and citric acid. ▪ Lava Lamp – oil, water, food dye and salt...oil and water don't mix! ▪ Soap Boats – water tension with water, detergent and mini ‘boats’. ▪ Humpty Dumpty – discovering the structural strength of eggshells.