Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: Mixing Magic

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Bubbles
  • Supplies
    • Different kinds of dish soap
    • glycerine
    • hose
    • bubble wands
    • bowls, eye droppers, spoons
    • big flat tupperwares
    • bubble solution
Experiment: Blobs in a Bottle
Experiment: Baking soda mini-volcanoes
  • Recipe:
    • (dough) 6 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 4 tblsp oil, 2 cups water
    • fill bottle with warm water and food coloring, add a few drops of soap
    • add 2 tblsp baking soda
    • pour in vinegar
  • Supplies
    • flour, salt, oil
    • baking soda, vinegar
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • plastic container (large water bottles)
    • plastic tablecloths, swimming pools
Project: Classic Easy Goo
  • Recipe: 
    • 1 tsp borax, 1/2 cup hot water (mixed)
    • 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 cup water, food coloring (mixed)
    • Pour borax solution into glue solution and stir then work with hands until all the water is worked out.
  • Supplies
    • borax
    • glue
    • food coloring
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • bowls
    • paper towels and plastic tablecloths
    • ziplock bags
  • Polka Dot Slime
  • Color-changing slime
Experiment: Liquid Rainbows
  • Corn syrup, blue dish soap, oil, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, water
  • Large bottles
  • Eyedroppers
  • plastic tablecloths
Extra projects
Many of these can only have a few kids at a time working on them, so I have other art materials out. They can create a volcano with books on display, do sticker art, or draw and write about their experiments.
  • Handmade paper (donated)
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Stickers and colored tape
  • Markers, glue, scissors, staples, tape
  • Sidewalk chalk (for outside programs)
  • 9-22-16 (bubbles)
    • Attendance: 30
    • Notes: It was hot and humid and there were gnats. Mostly little kids who just enjoyed spraying bubbles everywhere.
  • 6-30-16 (slime)
    • Attendance: 60ish?
    • Notes: We did 3 different kinds of slime. The color-changing slime is too expensive for everyone to do - my aide demo'd it. The polka-dot slime is very messy and requires a lot of patience. It was fun to do once, I wouldn't do them regularly though.
  • 3-10-16 (candy/lava lamp)
    • Attendance: 50
    • Notes: There was a lot of candy.
  • 10-15-15 (slime)
    • Attendance: 55
    • Notes: I had just finished jury duty and was too exhausted to really do anything. My aide and an associate from another department mostly ran it. We just did slime (adding glitter) and tape art while we were waiting our turn.
  • 3-12-15
    • Attendance: 30
    • Feedback/Connections: The bulk of today's attendees were middle schoolers and they had a great time.
    • Notes: I don't technically do liquid rainbows - we dripped things in to see what would happen and then I let the last couple middle schoolers dump everything together.
  • 2-19-15 (volcanoes)
    • Attendance: 26
    • Feedback/Connections: One new family! A group of older kids at this one - some actual teens. The only ones able to make it here in the cold. They were, on the whole, well-behaved.
    • Notes: To make sure I had enough ingredients, I planned to set off volcanoes at 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, and 5:15 (more or less) instead of doing them constantly and giving each kid their own volcano. I only ended up needing to do two - it was freezing cold and we had a very small group and making the dough was very absorbing and time-consuming. I thought at the last minute that I should use my big half-gallon water bottles and they were perfect - we fit 8 into one swimming pool and didn't have to use a second pool at all.
  • 3-13-14 (volcanoes and slime)
    • Notes: I was going to have a third project, liquid rainbows, but then realized that while I'd gotten the ingredients...I didn't have anything to pour them into! So that will be a project for another time. This was enough anyways. MORE than enough. I covered the tables for the slime and we did the baking soda volcanoes in the swimming pools, lined with plastic tablecloths. I should definitely have covered the floor with plastic - we got a lot of dough on the floor and that took my aides a while to clean up. I also needed more specific recipes for them. One was in charge of the slime and the other in charge of the dough and I did the actual pouring of the volcanoes (although the kids added the "magic ingredient"). At the last minute, I added markers and paper for the people waiting their turn and that was genius - the kids loved it. It was one of those programs that whizzes by - we actually stopped around 4:40ish when we started running out of ingredients for the dough and we were all exhausted!

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