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iSTE(A)M
chemical reactions

what we learned

what we learned

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Experiments We Loved

During the “Magic Milk” experiment our scientists made beautiful swirling colors and fireworks patterns by observing how positively and negatively charged molecules interact. STEAM Connection: Chemists have to understand how different substances react with each other. They use this information to help create new soaps and medicines to protect humans and the environment from germs and illnesses.

We built “Lava Lamps” and in the process learned about different densities, gasses being released during chemical reaction and what surface tension is. STEAM Connection: Chemists have to understand how different substances react with each other. They use this information to help create new soaps and medicines to protect humans and the environment from germs and illnesses.

During the “Foam Explosion" experiment we observed a chemical reaction and learned what happens when the hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with the yeast, it starts breaking down into water and oxygen. STEAM Connection: By observing a chemical reaction, we learned common signs of chemical charge from change in color, temperature, formation of bubbles and solids and more. 

Experiments We Loved

During our “Amazing Water Filter” experiment our scientists learned how to build a water filter and use activated charcoal to clean muddy water and remove small particles and chemicals not visible to the naked eye. STEAM Connection: We learned about water filtration mechanisms which is an integral part of our survival as it prevents water related illnesses and diseases. Scientists are constantly working on bringing clean water to areas of the world where there is a limited access to it.

During “Sour Chemistry” experiment we learned what sour candy is made of and how citric acid reacts with baking soda in water. We also observed the chemical reaction and observed signs of reaction in this experiment. STEAM Connection: We used math to measure precise amounts of liquids. Math is around you all the time. Using precise math skills helps us make sure our chemical reactions go the way we want them to.

During our “Homemade Butter” experiment our scientists observed separation of fats and liquids found in cream. We started with cream and ended up with butter and buttermilk. Students learned how that is possible and what emulsion is. STEAM Connection:  Chemical engineers work with different mixtures to prepare medicine, beauty products, glues and more. They have to know and understand how different substances will react with each other and where they will separate or mix well.

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