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The Fountain of Light Chemical Demonstration Kit provides an exciting demonstration of chemiluminescence. Present your students with a mixture that first glows red and then an eerie blue. You won’t be able to wait to show off this demonstration.

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An exciting two color demonstration of chemiluminescence. A mixture of solutions is prepared, the lights are dimmed, and hydrogen peroxide is added. The mixture first glows red and then, amidst vigorous frothing and evolution of heat, an eerie blue glow appears. You won’t be able to wait until the next school year to show off this spectacular demo! Enough materials are provided to perform the demonstration seven times.

Concepts: Chemiluminescence, oxidation–reduction.
Time Required: 20 minutes
Chemicals Provided: Fountain of Light Solution, potassium carbonate, formaldehyde and hydrogen peroxide solution.
Note: A large fiberglass demonstration tray (Catalog No. AP5429) is recommended.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
HS-PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
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.
HS-PS4-3. Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning behind the idea that electromagnetic radiation can be described either by a wave model or a particle model, and that for some situations one model is more useful than the other.