Educate: Chemistry
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Feb. 21, 2014

Use Clues to Solve an Ice Mystery

By Ariel Zych

Use the physical characteristics of ice to determine where and how several mystery samples could have been frozen.

Ice, melting point, cystal, solid, liquid, phase change, physical science, glacier, olympics, frozen, melt, dissolved oxygen, properties

May. 23, 2011

Smelly Chemistry

By Science Friday Education

In this activity, students will use household materials to investigate and explore their ability to smell an odor. Students will compare and contrast results to determine if some individuals have a better sense of smell than others. Students also will ob...

olfactory system, molecules, smell, amino acids, chemical reactions, diffusion

Apr. 18, 2011

Glowing in the Dark

By Science Friday Education

In this activity, students will learn about phosphorescence and how certain materials can absorb and store energy from a light source. Students will use critical thinking skills to hypothesize which type of light -- incandescent, ultraviolet, infrared or...

phosphorescence, light, slime, electrons, chemistry

Feb. 07, 2011

Explosive Science

By Science Friday Education

In this activity, students will use household materials to investigate and explore how the release of carbon dioxide gas from a chemical reaction can cause a small-scale explosion. Students then will experiment with variables to determine which factors la...

chemistry, Carbon dioxide, fireworks, explosion, air pressure

Sep. 23, 2010

Illuminating Luminescence

By Science Friday Education

In this activity, students will compare and contrast different forms of luminescence by observing how chemiluminescence, phosphorescence, and fluorescence produce or emit light. Students will also compare these forms of luminescence to bioluminescence.

Luminescence, light, phosphorescence, oceanography, marine biology, fish, biochemistry

Sep. 20, 2010

Make a Chemical Clock

By Science Friday Education

In this activity, students will perform three experiments using household ingredients to observe and record color changes, indicators that a chemical reaction has taken place. Students also will observe a chemical clock reaction and explore how reaction t...

explosions, chemical reaction, hydrogen, oxygen, chemistry

Aug. 10, 2010

Cooking with Chemistry

By Science Friday Education

Chef Wylie Dufresne, the owner of New York City restaurant wd~50, experiments with food, literally. He has lab notebooks detailing what certain chemicals do to certain dishes. One of his signature dishes is a spin on eggs Benedict: he found that creating ...

food science, emulsion, homogeneous, molecules, cooking

Aug. 10, 2010

Best Bubbles

By Austen Saltz

Astronauts are allowed to bring special “crew preference” items when they go up in space. NASA astronaut Don Pettit chose candy corn for his five and a half month stint aboard the International Space Station. But these candy corn were more than a snack; P...

NASA, candy corn, bubble, soap, water, chemistry

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