Chemistry Experiments


  • Elephant’s Toothpaste – Use beaker to add ingredients and discuss enzyme reactions
    • Materials Needed: hydrogen peroxide, yeast, dish soap, food coloring, large beaker


  • Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream – Discuss temperature and potentially freeze a flower and break it after sticking it in liquid nitrogen and then make ice cream for students
    • Materials Needed: Half and half, milk, heavy whipping cream, sugar, any jelly or syrup for flavor, vanilla extract, large mixing bowl, spoon to stir, few liters of liquid nitrogen in a dewar



  • Cabbage Indicator – Use boiled red cabbage that has a pH indicator in it to test the pH of different household liquids
    • Materials Needed: pot, boiling water, red cabbage, small clear cups, liquids to add to cabbage indicator



  • Lava Lamp – Difference in oil and water and seeing chemical reactions
    • Materials Needed: Plastic bottle, alka seltzer, vegetable oil, water, food coloring 





  • Gatorade UV-Vis – Dilute blue and orange Gatorade and use the UV-Vis spectrometer to discuss the food dyes and absorption spectra in Gatorade
    • Materials Needed – Beakers, pipettes, DI water, UV-Vis Spec, cuvettes, computer, blue and orange Gatorade



  • Phases of Matter (K-4th grade) Black Box Kit – Also allow kids to explore the different phases of matter with two one-hour lab periods. 
    • Materials Needed – All included 



  • Phases of Matter Mini Kit (2nd-5th grade) - Allow kids to explore the different phases of matter through 4 interactive experiments. Lay out the materials needed for each section of the experiment. 
    • Materials Needed – Seltzer/soda water, baking soda, vinegar, a ½ liter plastic bottle, a glass, cooking measuring cup, measuring spoons, food coloring, water, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, a plastic cup (or any cup), and a bowl.