STEAM Team Experiments

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STEAM Team Experiments


Bubble Experiment
This past week our STEAM Team scientists learned all about bubbles and had a ton of fun! In case you missed the program or want to try out the experiment at home, here is a recap of what we did.

First, we learned about the science of bubbles  and picked up some inspiration for our bubble challenges by watching this video

Then, we experimented with bubbles and attempted some bubble challenges. 

  • Bubble solution (Mix 3 cups water, 1/4 cup liquid dish soap, 2 Tbs. glycerin)
  • Drinking straws
  • Flat surface
  • Cup of water or spray bottle full of water
Bubble Challenge Questions:
  • Bubble Art
      How big of a bubble can you create?
    • Can you pierce your bubble with your straw or finger without popping it?
    • Can you blow a bubble inside of a another bubble? How many bubbles and you blow inside each other?
    • Can you pick up a bubble with your hand? Can you pass the bubble to a friend?
    • Can you connect two bubbles? Three? Four?
    • Can you build a bubble tower?
    Then we got even more creative and made bubble artwork by adding washable tempura paint to the bubble solution and popping bubbles onto paper.

    Still want more bubble fun? Check out one of these great books:

    Pop! Book Cover
    Pop! A Book About Bubbles
    by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    Simple text explains how soap bubbles are made, why they are always round, and why they pop.

    Bubble Trouble Book CoverBubble Trouble
    by Margaret Mahy

    Mabel blows a bubble that captures Baby and wafts him away, resulting in a wild chase that involves the whole neighborhood.
    Experiments with Soap Book COverExperiments with Soap
    by Salvatore Tocci

    Projects and experiments use soap to explain such topics as surface tension and air currents, as well as why soap gets things clean.

    Hope to see you at the next STEAM Team event!