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Workshop Syllabus

Workshop: Mad Science

Length of workshop: 1 day

Overview: Scientific Spectacular

Science can reveal the truth about how things in this world work. And if you are crazy enough to think you can change this world for the better then learn to be a “MAD scientist!”. You’ll perform a range of exciting experiments led by our resident MAD professor Dr Dinglesplodge!

Participants will:

  • Learn about the effects of viscosity and density and how different materials interact with each other
  • Learn about chemical reactions and what can happen when we mix different substances
  • Practice following instructions

Session 1

Non Helium Balloons

WHAT: Students will blow up a balloon via a chemical reaction process.

DEMONSTRATION
Demo first

HOW:

  1. Using your funnel pour vinegar into your bottle. You only need to fill about 1/3 of the bottle.
  2. Using another (dry) funnel pour baking soda into your balloon. Fill the balloon approx. 1/2 way.
  3. Cover the top of the bottle with you balloon. Make sure you don’t let the baking soda spill into the bottle prematurely.
  4. When ready, lift your balloon and let the baking soda fall into the vinegar.
  5. Watch as the mixture fizzes, bubbles & expands your balloon!
  6. Discuss how the baking soda & vinegar produce a gas which fills the balloon.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

    • Baking soda and the vinegar create an ACID-BASE reaction. When combined/mixed they create a gas –carbon dioxide. Gasses need room to spread, so the carbon dioxide fills the bottle and then moves into the balloon inflating it.

    OUTCOMES

    • Learn about chemical reactions and what can happen when we mix different substances
    • Practice following instructions
    • baking soda
    • vinegar
    • plastic bottle
    • balloon
    • funnels (we used 2)

    Head Coach:

    Facilitate Demo 

    Coach:

    Crowd Control

    Ensure tables and supplies are set out for groups.

    Follow along and encourage kids