A Dissolving Challenge

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In this activity, learners add objects and substances to carbonated water to discover that added objects increase the rate at which dissolved gas comes out of solution. Learners are then challenged to make a lemon soda that retains as much carbonation as possible, by using carbonated water, sugar, and lemon juice. Learners identify the difficulty in making a fizzy lemon soda, develop a better method, and then test it. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org. Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 1 Small bottle of club soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • M&M’s
  • Popsicle stick or stirrer
  • 1 Teaspoon
  • 4 Clear plastic cups
  • 2 Small cups
  • Student Activity Sheet


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Kessler, James H. ; Galvan, Patricia M.


  • All rights reserved, American Chemical Society, 2007