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Clear Slime Polymer


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Clear Slime Polymer

In this chemistry activity, learners use guar gum to make slime. Use this activity to introduce learners to polymers, viscosity, and colloids. Extensions for this activity include challenging learners to modify the slime recipe and applying marketing strategies to "sell" their new product.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 2.46g sodium borate or 1 tsp. Borax
  • 0 .63 g guar gum (1/4 tsp.)
  • 200 mL water (5/6 cup)
  • 100 mL graduated cylinder or a measuring cup
  • 2 - 250 mL beakers or 9 oz plastic cups
  • 2 stirring rods or spoons
  • balance
  • paper towels
  • food coloring
  • 4-5 zip-lock bags

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories


  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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