On the 23rd July we had the exciting opportunity to hold a group for the children run by the Chemistry for All Team from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).
We had nine children ranging from age 4 to 11 take part in some fascinating science experiments with the Chemistry for All Team.
Good to Glow!
To begin the session the children got to see how Glow Sticks work and what happens when you crack a glow stick and see the stick begin to glow. The children learned that you can make it glow brighter or dimmer by using hot and cold water and they all were amazed at how something as simple as hot or cold water could have such a cool and interesting interaction with glow sticks!
Next the children all got a paper plate and arranged an assortment of skittles around the edge of the plate and slowly added cold water. After waiting a few moments, the water turned into a rainbow of colours in some wonderful patterns.
Continuing with the theme of colours, the children did an experiment to see what colours went into making different felt tip pen inks. They prepared a paper card by drawing a dot in the center with their chosen colour and then with scissors cut out a small tab which was then placed in water to soak. After waiting a while the children got the see the awesome effect on the card where the ink from the pen had been separated into all the colours it was made from.
Hands on Science
Next the children got the see how bicarbonate of soda reacted when added to vinegar. To visualise this the children used a glove to cover the beaker before mixing the two ingredients together. Given how quickly they reacted the gloves certainly came in handy!
No doubt a favourite activity for many children, the group next got to make their very own slime!
Many different colours of slime were created by the children from grays, greens, pinks, reds and blues. It was amazing how the slime transformed when all the ingredients were mixed together and best of all, they got to keep it and take it home with them!
All Shapes and Sizes
Lastly the group had a chance to see the amazing properties of a soft plastic, which became moldable when left in hot water to heat up! All the children, with some help from an adult, placed the plastic in boiling water and after a short time carefully removed it and then shaped it into all sorts of things from heart shapes to even snails!
The whole session was a brilliant afternoon for everyone and we cannot thank the Chemistry for All Team from LJMU enough for coming to show the children some fantastic and fun experiments!
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