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Dyeing with Indigo—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6166 

Price: $55.73

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With the Dyeing with Indigo Organic Chemistry Laboratory Kit, introduce the color and excitement of organic chemistry to students. Watch as a bright yellow dye is oxidized by air to a rich blue color, right before your students’ eyes!

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Introduce the color and excitement of organic chemistry to your students! Watch as a bright yellow dye is oxidized by air to a rich blue color—right before your students’ eyes. Indigo, the organic dye used in this lab, was used by the Romans and is still used today to dye fabrics, such as blue jeans. Discuss the chemistry of fibers and fabrics using the included fabric swatches. Each swatch contains six different fibers so dyeing-capability comparisons can be made. This activity can also be used in consumer science and to teach the importance of chemistry in history. Dyeing makes a memorable organic chemistry lab experience—one your students will not soon forget! Includes fabric swatches, all necessary chemicals and specialized equipment, Teacher Notes and reproducible student handouts as well as detailed information on indigo dye and its place in history.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Indigo dye, 2.5 g
Sodium dithionite, 25 g
Sodium hydroxide solution, 1 M, 100 mL
Foil barrier bag, 4½" x 3" x 12" x 4.3 mil nylon
Multifiber test fabric, 12"
Reaction vials, 2 dram, 15

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.