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The Chemiluminescent Chemical Reactions in a Model Volcano Chemical Demonstration Kit is an awesome display simulating a volcanic eruption. Students will be captivated and learn about chemiluminescence and decomposition reactions.

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Try this amazing demonstration! Construct a model volcano using polyurethane foam and then produce a fiery lava flow using the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide and light stick chemicals. An awesome display of chemical reactions simulating a volcanic eruption! Students will be captivated and learn more about the concepts of chemiluminescence, decomposition reactions, polymers and catalysts. Teacher Demonstration Notes included.

Concepts: Chemiluminescence, oxidation–reduction.
Time Required: 25 minutes
Chemicals Provided: Hydrogen peroxide solution, food coloring, polyurethane foam, yeast, light stick chemicals.
Note: A large fiberglass demonstration tray (AP5429) is recommended.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Asking questions and defining problems

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

HS-ESS1-5: Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.
HS-ESS1-6: Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history.
HS-ESS2-7: Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth’s systems and life on Earth.
MS-ESS2-3: Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.