Learning Labs


Colorful Chemistry

Students will make observations and actively participate in hands-on chemistry experiments that produce visible reactions like light and color.

About the lab

  • Grades: 4-8
  • Capacity: 30 students
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $140
  • Offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

Asking questions
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and effect

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

PS 1: Matter and its interactions

Illinois Learning Standards

11: A; 12: C; 13: A, B

Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1, 3.3, 3.7, 3.10
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.7, 4.10
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Increase their understanding of chemical reactions.
  • Understand the connection between ideas explored and careers that involve chemistry.
  • Be actively engaged in hands-on and inquiry-based science investigation.
  • Share Learning Lab-generated thoughts/ideas/questions with peers and program facilitators.
  • Observe chemical properties before and after a chemical reaction.
  • Develop and test a hypothesis about what will occur during a chemical reaction.