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Foam Tower


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Foam Tower

In this activity (page 1 of the PDF), learners will whip up some suds with a cup of water and a tablespoon of dish soap until the bubbles are stiff enough to start piling on a plate. The challenge is to build the tallest pile, varying soap, water, or time of mixing to maximize height. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV: Waterslides.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • a large mixing bowl
  • a kitchen mixer, hand or electric
  • a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid
  • a cup of water
  • a plate

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group
    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • DragonflyTV

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2005

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 436260

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