The first in the "Science is Fun" line is the What Freezes First experiment. This also ranks high on the Gross-but-Cool meter. All you need is an ice-cube tray, a timer, a freezer, and some stuff to freeze. We used Blue Gatorade, Ranch dressing, white vinegar, Almond milk, and chocolate syrup--all stuff I had in the fridge and/or cabinet. Then, we made our predictions, set the timer, and noted the actual results. Boom.
The next day, I decided to make use of those leftover candy canes and did the Dissolving Candy Canes project--this was super cool. Here again, I used what I had on hand. Four candy canes, 4 glasses, and various liquids in which to dissolve said canes (Caffeine-Free Coke Classic, White Vinegar, Ice Water, and Vegetable Oil). The results were nifty--and a wee bit disturbing.
|Candy Canes All In A Row.|
Lest you think I am just a potential Nobel-Prize winning scientist, disguised in a pink hoodie and Asics trainers, there have been a few...um, well, fails. Not an on epic scale. Just experi-Pins that didn't quite live up to their billing. Like the Skittles rainbow project. I am more than willing to admit operator error. But, I followed the directions to a T, I promise I did. And one should never take the easy, no-bake route when it comes to making crystals--generic aspirin, a jar of water in a dark and quiet place just won't cut it. You need Borax, people.
I will have to leave the house and venture to the store in which I am told that what I need is in the Craft aisle. The whole dang store is a craft aisle. Basically. Yes, I am referring to the jewel in the weekly 40%-off coupon crown, Hobby Lobby.
But, I can almost guarantee that I won't find Borax with the Washi tape and calligraphy pens.