If your classroom isn't set up to carry out chemistry experiments, consider scheduling
a chemistry exercise during your Fantastic Fridays visit. Goggles are provided for
each participating student.
MAKING MAGIC WITH METALS Learn how scientists use spectrophotometry to analyze metal ions. Discover how the
combustion of metal ions equals a rainbow of colors.
FABULOUS FLUBBER AND SUPER STYROFOAM Making nylon in laboratory is demonstrated, and students manufacture flubber and
styrofoam to see how polymers like plastic are made.
SOLVE THE ACID/BASE MYSTERY Students make their own purple cabbage juice indicator, then use it to determine the
pH of common household acids and bases.
DISCOVERING HIDDEN WATER IN A CRYSTAL Students can determine the water of hydration contained within a salt, and discover
how water helps to form a beautifully colored crystal.
LITTLE MISS MUFFET'S DELIGHT: PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL REACTIONS IN THE KITCHEN A great demonstration of the differences between physical and chemical properties
of matter. Students demonstrate the actions of rennin in manufacturing cheese.
FANCY FRUITY FRAGRANT ESTER Esters are chemicals that have distinctive (usually pleasant) aromas. In this exercise, students combine
organic acids and alcohols to form fragrant esters.