Science @ Home: Pop, Fizz, Expand–Kitchen Science With a Kick!

When you’re a kid it seems like everything messy is fascinating. The bigger the mess, the better the time. The same could probably be true for adults if they weren’t partially responsible for helping clean up. Well, at the Boonshoft Museum we are all about making a mess in a safe environment, especially if we can learn something from it!

This month’s Science @ Home experiment turns your kitchen into a chemistry lab by mixing some delicious confections! We’ve all heard the “explosive” urban legend about drinking a pop while guzzling Pop Rocks. While that is not entirely true (no, your tummy won’t explode!), the combination does produce a lot of gas. Try this classic experiment to see for yourself!

Pop, Fizz, Expand – Pop Rocks and Soda

You Will Need:

  • A Few Packs of Pop Rocks
  • Balloons
  • 12-16 oz bottle of pop (if you want to expand on the experiment, try a variety)
  • A Notebook and Pen to Record Your Observations

Experiment:

1) Open the first bottle of pop and pop rocks. Pour out a little soda to make room for the fizz.

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2) Empty the entire contents of the pop rocks pouch into the bottle of pop.

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3) Immediately place the balloon over the opening of the pop bottle.

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4) Observe what is happening to the pop and the balloon.

5) Optional: Repeat the experiment with different types of pop.

What’s Happening?

Infamous for the popping sensation in your mouth, Pop Rocks contain pressurized carbon dioxide gas. Once the saliva from your mouth wears town the candy shell the carbon dioxide is released from it’s shell, creating a popping sound. The same is true for pop, a carbonated drink that gets it’s bubbles from pressurized carbon dioxide. The mixture of the pressurized carbon dioxide in the candy and combined with the pressurized carbon dioxide gas from the pop creates so much gas, it needs to leave the bottle so it fills the balloon.

Take it further:

Try using different flavors of pop rocks and different kinds of pop. Are there different reactions? Does the balloon fill up faster, slower, or the same?

To see more experiments watch our full segment on Living Dayton below:

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The Perks of Preschool

Professional educators, academic organizations, even politicians agree that the importance of early childhood education is paramount to the success of future generations. Preschool is at the top of a lot of parent’s minds, but unfortunately fewer than half of little learners in the US are enrolled in preschool. Not only does preschool provide countless benefits to a student’s academic career, it also provides an opportunity for our youngest students to enter into Kindergarten prepared.

It is estimated that nearly one-in-three students aren’t prepared to enter Kindergarten and almost half of children (44%) enter into Kindergarten with risk factors (like poverty) based on their home environment. Children with associated risk factors tend to score much lower on the Kindergarten readiness tests–especially in the areas of reading and mathematics. Preschool is a wonderful way to meet the challenge of getting your child ready for Kindergarten, coupled with parent participation and active learning experiences outside the classroom.

Because April is all about Early Childhood Education in Ohio, we hope that you will join us in promoting not only Kindergarten registration, but preschool enrollment as well!

How do I know if my child is ready for Kindergarten?

There are many wonderful organizations, both locally and across the country, that offer resources to help parents in making sure their children are meeting milestones and cultivating the skills they need in order to thrive in Kindergarten. Not sure if your little one is ready? Click here to visit 5 to Thrive’s website for a Kindergarten Readiness Check-Up.

Where is a good place to start?

Once you decide whether a charter school, private school, or local public school would be best for your child, visit their website or click here to learn more about the process of registering for Kindergarten.

I want my child to be prepared for Kindergarten, but I am still not sure about enrolling them in preschool.

Preschool is an investment in your child’s future and the dividends are limitless. Though it is a personal choice if/when you send your child to preschool, the benefits to starting your child’s educational journey as early as one year of age sets them up for a lifetime of achievement. Learn more about the Preschool at the Boonshoft Museum here.

To learn more about the perks of preschool view the infographic below or view this article from the experts at Parents.com.

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