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Exploring a Chemical Reaction in a Toy—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7048 

Price: $57.33

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The Exploring a Chemical Reaction in a Toy Chemistry Laboratory Kit explores the chemistry behind a “popping” toy. Students compare the unknown components of a toy against known chemicals to discover the reaction that creates the “pop.”

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Investigate the chemistry behind an exciting “popping” toy. A chemical reaction within a sealed bag rapidly produces carbon dioxide gas, expanding until the bag breaks with a loud pop that will grab even your most inattentive students interest! Students test and compare the unknown components of the toy against known chemicals to figure out the reaction that creates the “pop.” This fun investigative laboratory activity is also a great introduction to microscale chemistry. Two additional toys are included for a prelab teacher demonstration.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Spot plates are required and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Citric acid, reagent, 100 g
Sodium bicarbonate, 100 g
Universal indicator solution, 30 mL
Universal indicator, rainbow acid, 30 mL
Bomb bag, 17
Dishes, weighing, 1.5 g, 3½" x 3½" x 1", 45
Microspatulas, pkg/8, 2
Pipet, Beral-type, thin stem, 60
Toothpicks, wood, box/250

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Planning and carrying out investigations
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Stability and change
Structure and function

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.
HS-PS2-6: Communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.
HS-PS1-2: Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.