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Avogadro's Bubbly Adventure

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Avogadro's Bubbly Adventure

In this activity on page 7 of the PDF, learners investigate the solubility of gas in water at different temperatures. This experiment will help learners determine if temperature affects solubility. Use this activity to explore dissolved gas as it pertains to everyday objects like soda, thermometers, and fish tank aerators as well as larger-scale phenomena like global warming.
Safety notes: Follow Milli's safety tips (on page 2), wear safety goggles, and do this activity with an adult.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • 3 small (20 oz. or less) unopened plastic bottles of carbonated water
  • 3 medium-sized balloons
  • 3 containers to hold water, large enough for the plastic bottle to be mostly surrounded by water
  • Masking tape
  • Marking pen
  • Thermometer with a scale from 0C (32F) to at least 50C (122F)
  • Ice cubes
  • Water at room temperature
  • Hot tap water
  • Clock or timer
  • Flexible tape measure (metric)
  • Graph paper (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Chemistry of Life
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Circles
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • Chemistry
      • Chemistry of Life
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Food and Cooking
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


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