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Cauldron Bubbles


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Cauldron Bubbles

In this activity, learners mix up a bubbly brew and examine density. Learners explore how they can make different materials fall and rise in water using oil, water, and salt. Learners can experiment using other materials like sugar and sand.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 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)


  • large clear drinking glass
  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • about 4 tablespoons of salt
  • sugar (optional)
  • sand (optional)

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • 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
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • PBS

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