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By: The Flinn Staff

With this kit, students create their own lava lamps while learning about mixtures and solubility! A lava lamp works because of two different scientific principles, density and polarity. If you measure equal parts of water and oil, you will find that the water is heavier than the same amount of the oil.

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Experience the hypnotizing lava lamp, with its modified colored bubbles sinking and rising. Your students will make their own version of a lava lamp and enjoy its colorful bubbles floating around! When students measure equal parts of water and oil, they will make conclusions about density and polarity. What better way for students to learn about chemistry than to experience something that captivates them? Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-PS3.C: Relationship between Energy and Forces
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

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-PS1-7. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.