Our Mad Science Monday was Explosive!!

by Administrator 24. June 2013 13:48

  Today for Mad Science Monday we continued our exploration of acids and uses for baking soda. We did this by erupting a volcano!  The school age children constructed a volcano for us to use for the experiment prior to today's activities and were very proud of their ability to contribute in such a large way.  Many of the school age and pre-kindergarten children were able to make accurate predictions of what would happen when the acid (vinegar) was added to the baking soda. We also discussed the colors that we used such as red and yellow and how together they made the "lava" orange. Surprise came when the children saw how high the solution erupted out of the volcano. We discovered that the eruption would shoot up higher if the vinegar was poured quickly into the volcano creating a high level of pressure. Discussion also continued as we explored both the fast and slow moving "lava" and talked about how this creates different types of volcanos. For our younger age groups, we focused primarily on the colors of food coloring being used and the reaction that happened. This sensory experience expanded the children's knowledge of the world around them while offering a cool form of entertainment! In addition to observing the reaction and discussion of colors, the preschool class also discussed what pressure is and how it causes a volcano to erupt. They were also given opportunities to pour the vinegar and create reactions of their own. Volcanos are an easy fun activity for all ages and great learning experience!

Have a Great Science Day!

Juliet

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