It’s time for today’s science lesson with J-Stace the Science Ace! You’re sure to have a BLAST with this experiment! So, grab a pumpkin, carve it into a jack-o’lantern. You’ll need to leave out the light. J-Stace is showing us how to turn this crafty gourd into a volcano!
What You Need
- One small pumpkin
- baking soda
- food coloring
- dish soap
- First, get your pumpkin! Then you will need to hollow your pumpkin out.
- Find a container to put inside the pumpkin or use the pumpkin itself.
- Add the following to your pumpkin, bottle or container: Warm water mixed with food coloring filled to about 3/4 full; 4-5 drops of dish soap; a few tablespoons of baking soda.
- Then when you are ready for the eruption, add 1/4 cup of vinegar and watch with delight.
How Does the Experiment Work?
The baking soda is a base and the vinegar is an acid. When they combine a chemical reaction takes place and a gas is produced. The gas is carbon dioxide which fizzes and bubbles.
Science Words of the Day
Neutralization is a chemical reaction, also called a water forming reaction, in which an acid and a base react and produce salt and water.
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