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The Colorful Silicate Garden—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP4424 

Price: $52.95

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The Colorful Silicate Garden Crystal Formation Chemical Demonstration Kit is fascinating to watch. Various colored columns quickly sprout from a beaker, simulating stalagmite formation in caves. The crystals continue to grow for days.

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In a matter of seconds, columns of various colors sprout up from the bottom of a beaker containing a clear liquid. The crystals form like stalagmites in a cave and will continue to grow for several days. This beautiful crystal garden is fascinating to watch. Teacher Demonstration Notes included.

Concepts: Formation of insoluble silicates, osmosis, crystal structures.
Time Required: 15 minutes


Materials Included in Kit: 
Aluminum chloride, hexahydrate, 20 g
Cobalt nitrate, reagent, 25 g
Copper(II) chloride, 20 g
Iron(III) chloride, 20 g
Sodium silicate solution, 40-42 Be, 800 mL, 2

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence

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

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-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.