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Product 12537

By: John J. Fortman, Retired, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

The Chemiluminescent Elephant’s Toothpaste Chemical Demonstration Kit is a new twist on an old favorite. The catalyzed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide is a prolific oxygen generator. It’s even better when it’s chemiluminescent.

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A new twist on an old favorite! The catalyzed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide is a prolific oxygen generator. It’s even more wonderful when yeast is the catalyst and light stick chemicals are added, creating volumes and volumes of glowing foam. Use this demonstration to teach the concepts of chemiluminescence, decomposition reactions and catalysts. Whether you call it Elephant’s Toothpaste or Old Foamey, it’s back with glowing reviews!

Concepts: Chemiluminescence, decomposition reactions, catalysts.
Time Required: 15 minutes
Chemicals Provided: 30% hydrogen peroxide, yeast, dishwashing liquid, light sticks.
Note: A large demonstration tray is recommended. See AP5429 for a description of our fiberglass demonstration tray.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Cause and effect

Performance Expectations

MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.