Fall: Crazy Chemistry!
Cost: $240 or $230/trimester if taking 2 or more classes, can split this into 3 equal payments
Kids love to watch things fizz, foam and bubble. Students will perform experiments to help them understand the science between acids and bases, mixtures, reactions and other chemistry related concepts. Make rubber balls, lava bottles, the leak proof bag, eating nails for breakfast and dissect a diaper - how does it work?
Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It's in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines, air, cleaners... you name it. Chemistry sometimes is called the "central science" because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, geology and environmental science.
We will start our study with finding out how chemistry helps us to understand the world we live in. Students will find out the answers to these questions: Why do leaves change color in the fall? Why are plants green?
How is cheese made? What is in soap and how does it clean? These are all questions that can be answered by applying chemistry.
Chemistry can help you make informed decisions. Will a product work as advertised or is it a scam? If you understand how chemistry works you'll be able to separate reasonable expectations from pure fiction.
Students will uncover the secret water absorbing chemical in a diaper is a superabsorbant polymer called sodium polyacrylate. We will test different diapers to see if they work as advertised. Students will find out what other everyday products are made up of polymers.
Our chemistry study will further with the study of acids, bases and neutralizers. Students will make several acid/base reactions with experiments like the exploding lunch bag, blowing up a balloon with vinegar and baking soda, creating a volcano and there's nothing like a little rocket science to add some excitement to the day. Students will make a film canister rocket by adding water to an alka-seltzer tablet.
When the water starts to dissolve the alka-seltzer tablet a gas called carbon dioxide is created. As the carbon dioxide is being released, it creates pressure inside the film canister. The more gas that is made, the more pressure builds up until the cap it blasted down and the rocket is blasted up. This system of thrust is how a real rocket works whether it is in outer space or here in the earth's atmosphere. Of course, real rockets use rocket fuel. We will experiment controlling the rocket's path by adding fins and a nose cone out of paper.
Did you know chemistry is at the heart of cooking? Students will understand the chemical reactions involved in making baked goods rise or neutralizing acidity and thickening sauces. We will enjoy some simple recipes that show chemistry is right in our kitchen!
We will continue with how chemistry can help keep you safe! Students will know which household chemicals are dangerous to keep together or mix and which can be used safely. We will learn that chemistry teaches useful skills. Because it is a science, learning chemistry means learning how to be objective and how to reason and solve problems.
Students will use chemistry to understand current events, including news about petroleum, product recalls, pollution, the environment and technological advances. We will simulate an oil spill and conduct experiments on the best way to clean the animals and water safely.
Most of all students will learn chemistry is fun! Chemistry projects don't just go boom. They can glow in the dark, change colors, produces bubbles and change states.