Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it is the perfect time to explore your love of STEAM! These three holiday-themed experiments can be done using household items that are probably already in your cabinets. You can help Cupid send a valentine, try out candy art, and create invisible love notes. Try these five-minute science experiments at home and share your results with us! Be sure to talk together about the science behind the experiment and how yours was different from our example videos. Look at our questions to ask to keep the conversation going and get ideas for how to experiment further.
Check out our STEAM playlist on the EVPL YouTube channel for even more experiments to try together.
Your Cupid rocket uses the same forces that real rockets use to fly into space! When the air flows out of the balloon, it creates a forward motion. This force is called thrust. Thrust is a pushing force that requires energy. The air rushing out of the balloon is exerting a force on the balloon itself, propelling it forward. In a real rocket, thrust comes from the force made by the burning rocket fuel.
Skittles are made of ingredients that dissolve (go from solid to liquid) in water. The outside coating of the Skittle dissolves quickly, and the food coloring gives each Skittle a different color. Each Skittle has about the same amount of coating so they dissolve at almost the same time and the colors don’t mix together much. The sugar and color move toward the center to areas of lower concentration until all areas are even. How many different designs can you create with your experiment?
The lemon juice you’re using to write your message contains carbon. Carbon is an element on the periodic table that is found all around us. In fact, carbon is in all living things. The carbon-based compounds in your lemon juice are colorless at room temperature. When you add heat, these compounds begin to break down. The carbon then comes into contact with the air and oxidizes, or reacts with the oxygen. This causes the compound to change color! This same reaction happens when you leave a cut banana or apple on the table for a while.
With 8 locations throughout Vanderburgh County, EVPL is ready to discover, explore, and connect WITH you! We encourage you to uncover new things, revisit old favorites, and to engage with us along the way.
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Evansville, Indiana 47713