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Chemical Reactions

 

What is a chemical reaction? How can you tell one has occurred? Have your students perform a simple chemical reaction using chalk (calcium carbonate) and vinegar. They will also attempt to quantitatively prove the Law of Conservation of Mass.3-10Chemistry
Discovering EnzymesWhat is the role of an enzyme? Students will learn the principles of how enzymes work by creating their own tests to observe the breakdown of proteins with household enzymes, like hydrogen peroxide.6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Electrochemistry: Salt BridgesHow does a battery store charge? Where do the charges go? Have your students learn how a battery separates two favorable half reactions to store energy and to learn the variables that affect a batteries performance.9-12Chemistry
ElectroplatingHow can we coat one metal onto another? Have your Students make a silvery penny, and a copper nickel. In the process, they will learn about electrochemistry and electroplating.6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Energy Changes in Chemical ReactionsHow does a chemical reaction affect temperature? Students will experiment with salts to look at Exothermic and Endothermic reactions. They will also learn about the difference between temperature and thermal energy. 6-8 Chemistry
Extracting DNACan you see your DNA? Students will learn about the importance of this molecule and extract it from an organism. They will then model how the code is used to copy itself and make proteins.7-12Chemistry
Forensics: Case of Missing Diamond MakerStudents learn about techniques of forensic science including: fingerprint identification, chromatography, and chemistry.6-8Chemistry
Fuel CellConnect to and build upon students’ knowledge of oxidation-reduction reactions in order to introduce the chemistry involved in fuel cell technology.9-12Chemistry
Gel ElectrophoresisWhat is DNA fingerprinting? Students will learn how gel electrophoresis works and how  it is used in fields like forensics to study DNA of various individuals.They will conduct an experiment to find out if different food dyes use the same colors.7-12Chemistry
Glued into ScienceHow can we test the mechanical properties of polymers? Students will design and conduct an experiment in order to classify the different forms of matter that they create through the cross-linking of polymers.6-12Chemistry
Isotope RummyWhat is an isotope? Students will play an interactive game to learn the answer to this question and also find out how isotopes real-world applications make them useful to scientists.9-12Chemistry
Liquid CrystalsHave students explore liquid crystals by creating and observing handprints. They will then use liquid crystal thermometers to learn about the 3 states of matter and find out how temperature affects each state.
Upper elementary students can also use the liquid crystal papers to explore how heat is transferred through conduction. They will make a connection with specific changes of state during the water cycle (evaporation, condensation).
K-2
3-5
Chemistry
Making a BatteryHow does a battery work? Students will figure this out as well as see how energy is transformed by building a wet cell battery. They will also test a variable to find out how it affects the strength of a battery.6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Nano Interactions (How can we hide a particle?)What is nano? Students will explore the nanoscale world and see how materials look and behave quite differently. Several exploratory activities encourage student to make observations and formulate scientific hypotheses. Next, students will learn about the chemistry of water hardness, and techniques to test for it. Finally, they will test different materials (including nanoparticles) to see which is best at softening water. This kit enables students to experience and take advantage of the unique properties of nano-scale materials.6-8Chemistry
Nano What?What is nano? Students will explore the nanoscale world and see how materials look and behave quite differently. Several exploratory activities encourage student to make observations and formulate scientific hypotheses. Next, students use a gold nanoparticle solution to test different sports drinks for electrolytes.This kit enables students to experience and take advantage of the unique properties of nano-scale materials.9-12Chemistry
Polymers: Instant SnowStudents will be introduced to polymers and their role in our everyday lives. They will look at Sodium Polyacyrlate and how it is used to absorb liquids. Students learn about two forms of this polymer and how a change in their structure can affect their physical properties. This activity can be lengthened to include the students designing their own experiement looking at the affect of a variable. This activity can be followed with the polymer activity “Silly Putty.”6-8
3-5
Chemistry
Polymers: Making Silly PuttyStudents will understand how scientists can change polymers to give them different physical properties. They will take a polymer (glue) and cross-link it to create silly putty. This activity is a good follow up to the “Instant Snow” activity.6-8
3-5
Solar CellsCan a blueberry make electricity? Have your students find out by building their own solar cells using berry juice. This activity can be geared towards middle or high school students and meets NGSS standards. Topics that can be covered include photosynthesis, chemical reactions, and changes in energy. The activity can also be extended by having the students look at how a variable affects the power produced by the solar cell.6-8
9-12
Chemistry
SpectrophotometerCan we use light to measure the amount of a known chemical substance (concentrations)? Students will learn about absorption spectrophotometry by building a LEGO spectrophotometer. They will use it to analyze the amount of cranberry juice contained in a juice mix.9-12Chemistry
Surface Area and Reaction RatesWhat is surface area? How do chemicals bond? What affects properties of materials on the macro- and nano-scale, and why this is important to scientists? Students will do some hands-on activities to find these out.6-8

9-12

Chemistry
Unknown PowdersHow do powders react when you add a chemical indicator to them? Students will use their observation skills to find out how different powders react with vinegar, baking soda solution, iodine, and universal pH indicator. Using their observations, they will then need to try to figure out what two powders are mixed together.3-5

6-8

Chemistry
Vitamin CDetermine how much vitamin C is in various juices using the process of titration.6-8
9-12
Chemistry
What is Rust?Learn about how rust works by experimenting with different metals and solutions. Discover why rust occurs.6-8
9-12
Chemistry
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