Sarah’s Science: Exploring Dry Ice through Experiments

Watch the video of Sarah’s science experiment at Helotes Elementary School here!

As a journalist, I want to bring you a unique and exciting experience with Meteorologist Sarah Spivey. Sarah does demonstrations and explains the science behind them every Wednesday on GMSA@9. This partnership with the San Antonio Zoo is sure to captivate your interest in science.

To prepare for this article, I have compiled a list of materials that you will need to conduct these experiments at home. These materials include dry ice, large bowls, dish soap/water mixtures, water, shoe laces or strips of cloth, tea lights, matches, Tupperware or small bowls, cups/containers of different sizes/shapes, soap and billions of bubbles. Remember to handle dry ice with gloves as it can be dangerous if not handled properly.

The first experiment I would like to highlight is the Dry Ice Big Bubble experiment. To conduct this experiment, simply fill a large bowl with water and drop some dry ice in it. Dip a shoe lace or strip of cloth in a soapy solution and drag it across the bowl while sealing it with soapy water. You should see a big bubble form with vapor from the dry ice. This experiment will show you how dry ice reacts when mixed with water and soap and how it creates big bubbles that are both fascinating and educational for children and adults alike.

Another interesting experiment is the Extinguishing Candle experiment. In this experiment, place a tea light inside of a Tupperware or small bowl and light the candle. Place some dry ice around the candle and watch as it slowly extinguishes due to the cold temperature of the dry ice on the flame. This experiment will show you how chemistry works in everyday life situations such as extinguishing fires caused by candles or other flammable objects using scientific methods like cooling down flames with dry ice.

For those interested in creating silly sounds using science, try out the Dry Ice “Instrument” experiment. Simply place a small piece of dry ice on your table in front of you and use a spoon to press on it. The resulting sound should be similar to popcorn popping but without any heat involved! This experiment will teach children about sound waves produced by different substances like solid state materials (dry ice) versus gases (air).

Finally, for those looking for an easy yet fun activity at home that involves lots of bubbles, try out the Billions of Bubbles experiment. Fill containers with water and soap mixture then drop some dry ice into them to watch as thousands upon thousands of bubbles form before your eyes! This activity is perfect for parties or rainy days when kids are looking for something fun to do indoors while learning about chemistry along the way!

By Aiden Johnson

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