Ready-made science week
16 February 2009Add to My Folder
Inspire your class during National Science and Engineering Week with these fun experiments linked to the theme of ‘Change’!
- Show the class a shiny new copper coin and an older dull and dirty-looking copper coin.
- Place the dull coin in a beaker of pure lemon juice for about five minutes.
- Remove the coin. What has changed?
- The coin is dull because oxygen in the air slowly changes the shiny copper surface to a dull copper oxide. The lemon juice contains a weak acid which reacts with the copper oxide and removes it, changing the surface to shiny copper again.
- Put 50g of bicarbonate of soda in a small bottle and place the bottle in a large plastic tray. Surround the open bottle with sand in the shape of a volcano.
- Mix together 50ml of vinegar and 50ml of tomato ketchup.
- Pour the mixture into the bottle and wait for the ingredients to react like a volcano eruption. *The vinegar is an acid which chemically reacts with the sodium bicarbonate to produce carbon dioxide gas. The gas forces the red-coloured mixture out of the bottle, producing a volcanic effect.
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