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Chemistry Projects - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
The projects that are found in this chapter help increase the knowledge of numerous chemistry concepts. Labs provided here include those that work on making slime out of borax and glue or glue and water, and how to grow crystals using borax. Additionally, you will be presented with experiments about making a light bulb or clock using a potato. Other labs include those that result in making the following:
- Salt crystals
- Gummy bears
- Paper mache volcanoes
- Lemon batteries
1. How to Make Slime with Borax and Glue
In this chemistry project, you'll be learning about polymers and molecular bonds while you make some gooey slime. By the end of the project, you'll be able to explain how bonding creates the fun characteristics of the slime, like pliability and bounciness.
2. How to Make Slime With Glue and Water Without Borax
In this chemistry project, we'll learn about polymers as a type of molecule. To do this, we'll make slime by combining glue with liquid starch and water.
3. Growing Crystals with Borax Project
In this project, you'll be studying solubility and creating a supersaturated solution. By using a common household cleaner, borax, you'll be able to observe crystal formation as the supersaturated solution cools.
4. How to Make Salt Crystals: At-Home Experiment
In this chemistry project, we will make our own salt crystals by using Epsom salt and water. Watch as crystal formations grow in just a matter of hours and even make colored ones!
5. Growing Gummy Bears Experiment
In this chemistry project, we'll be learning about osmosis using delicious gummy bears. Although you shouldn't eat them, we will learn how the movement of water in different types of solutions causes them to change in volume.
6. How to Make a Potato Clock - Science Project
In this lab, you'll be learning about electrochemistry. We'll study how potatoes can be used as a source of energy to power a small battery powered clock. After this lab, you'll be able to discuss alternative sources of energy to use in place of batteries.
7. Potato Light Bulb Experiment
In this project, you'll be using the natural chemicals inside a potato to light a light bulb. By completing this project, you'll learn about chemical reactions inside batteries and ways to create natural sources of electricity.
8. How to Make a Paper Mache Volcano Project
In this chemistry project, we'll learn about how acids and bases react when mixed. To do this, we'll build a volcano out of paper mache and combine an acid and base inside of it to create a realistic eruption.
9. How to Make a Lemon Battery Science Fair Project
In this lab, you'll be learning about the chemistry of batteries. By using the chemicals contained in a lemon and in different types of metal, you'll be able to create a battery to conduct electricity.
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