FOR SCIENCE BUDDIES ONLY!!

Mission 2 - Sweet Science

Science Buddies help gather necessary materials, help to read instructions, and help make sure that the junior scientist is conducting the experiments safely. They may be a scribe or a photographer to help keep a record of the experiments.  

The Science Buddy is responsible for safe experimentation. Please experiment safely.
REMEMBER - Never leave a child  unsupervised while experimenting.


Background:

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Matter can be found many states, including solid, liquid, and gas states. For more specific information on what chemistry is, please visit Chemistry is Everywhere from the American Chemical Society and explore more at Chemistry for Kids with your child.

Sugar is an incredible chemical because it is hygroscopic and it dissolves easily.  Hygroscopic means that it absorbs water from the atmosphere. This is why there are some days during the year when it is better to make fudge, caramel, divinity, taffy, and air candy. It is typically on low humidity days.


SAFETY!

Remember that you are responsible for helping your young scientist to experiment safely. Sometimes you will need to help them to heat up solutions and use equipment in a safe manner. Please practice science safely!!


Mission 2.1: Sugar Rainbow

This idea is from Steve Spangler Science

If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will find more details about what is happening during this activity. Please read this yourself and help guide your young scientist through the ideas based on their observations.


Mission 2.2: Rock Candy

This idea is from Steve Spangler Science

If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will find more details about what is happening during this activity. Please read this yourself and help guide your young scientist through the ideas based on their observations.


Additional Adventures

Learn about the Science of Candy from the Exploratorium

Try one of the recipes posted. Look at a sucrose molecule. Learn what happens to sugar at different temperatures with the Candy-o-matic…..

If you do this, you can write a new Mission Report for each different recipe or activity that you do. Report each one as Mission 2:AA1 and give each a new title.

Find out what happens when you place a piece of candy into water. Leave it in the water overnight. What happens?

If you do this, you can write a new Mission Report for each different recipe or activity that you do. Report each one as Mission 2:AA2 and give each a new title based on the candy you are using.

Try this sugar trick with your your scientist.

http://viewpure.com/RLYw3G9JuBM?ref=bkmk 

Learn even more about candy making from the American Chemical Society; The Sweet Science of Candy Making