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ZOOM Glue


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ZOOM Glue

In this activity, learners mix milk, vinegar, baking soda, and water to create sticky glue. Use this activity to explain how engineers develop and evaluate new materials and products. Learners compare the stickiness of their glue against white glue, a glue stick, and peanut butter using the "stick-o-meter" test.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 large paper cups
  • 5 paper towels
  • rubber band
  • plastic spoon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • test strip (1 in. x 8 in. piece of paper)
  • paper plate
  • paper cup
  • hold punch
  • string
  • large paperclip
  • pennies
  • (optional) white glue
  • (optional) glue stick
  • (optional) peanut butter

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Acids and Bases
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking

Audience


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

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, ©2003

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0229796
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • PBS

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