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Planet Oobleck

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    Lawrence Hall of Science

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Planet Oobleck

Learners imagine a world covered in a mysterious substance called Oobleck. Learners make this substance and investigate its properties. Using an online program, they then design a spacecraft that can land on the planet, collect a sample, and return to Earth. A chart shows how their design compares to others' designs. Additionally, learners can build their spacecraft and test it. This activity presents a great engineering extension to other Oobleck-related activities posted elsewhere.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 3 lbs cornstarch
  • 4.5 to 5 cups water
  • food coloring (optional)
  • egg carton
  • bar of soap
  • paper clip
  • aluminum foil
  • drinking straw
  • plastic knife
  • craft stick
  • sponge
  • packing foam piece
  • bubble wrap
  • Lego piece
  • small drinking cup
  • computer with mouse


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
    • Motion and Forces
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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Funding Sources:

  • Oracle
  • National Science Foundation
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services


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