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Observe phosphorescence, fluorescence, magnetism, and thermochromatism with slime! Students make 4 different slime formulations and then perform a round of qualitative and quantitative tests on them. Kit materials are sufficient for 1 class of 32 students.
This slime kit is a great introduction to scientific inquiry!
Students make 4 types of slime and then determine how those variations on the classic poly(vinyl) alcohol and borax slime formulation contribute to the variable properties of each type of slime. Kit includes additives to make slime magnetic, fluorescent, phosphorescent, and thermochromatic. After preparing the 4 types of slime, students rotate through stations to test them for temperature, phosphorescence, fluorescence, absorbance and transmittance, magnetism, cohesion and adhesion, viscosity, and pH. Students use the recorded data to identify the additives and to make connections between their observations and the molecular-level structure of this hydrogel. Activities can be completed in 1 class period, but we recommend doing them on separate days. Kit materials are sufficient for 1 class of 32 students.
|Bromphenol Blue, 1 g||1||Included|
|Iron Oxide Powder, 50 g||1||Included|
|Thermochromatic Slurry, 5 mL||1||Included|
|Polyvinyl Alcohol, 4%, 500 mL||1||Included|
|Polyvinyl Alcohol, 1%, 1 L||1||Included|
|Cosmic Dust, 2 g||1||Included|
|0.1 M Hydrochloric Acid, 15 mL||1||Included|
|0.1 M Sodium Hydroxide, 15 mL||1||Included|
|Borax, 2 oz||1||Included|
|Fluorescein, 1 g||1||Included|
|Cups, Medicine, Plastic, 1 oz||8||Included|
|Cups, Plastic, 2 oz||8||Included|
|Red Test Card||1||Included|
|Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Yellow Highlighter||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Yellow Marker||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Container, 300 mL (for prepared borax solution)||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Cups, Small, 40 mL or larger (for borax solution and water)||9||Needed, Not Included|
|Cups, Medium, 150 mL or larger (for poly[vinyl] alcohol)||8||Needed, Not Included|
|Glass Stirring Rod||8||Needed, Not Included|
|Permanent Markers||8||Needed, Not Included|
|Resealable Plastic Bags, approx. 6 x 6”||32||Needed, Not Included|
|Disposable Vinyl Gloves||64||Needed, Not Included|
|Neodymium Magnets in Plastic Bag||Needed, Not Included|
|Ice Bath||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Warm Water Bath||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Balance||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Blacklight or UV Lamp||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Paper Towels||Needed, Not Included|
|Red Food Coloring||Needed, Not Included|
|Weigh Boat or Weigh Paper||Needed, Not Included|