Colorful Chemistry

Students will make observations and actively participate in hands-on chemistry experiments that produce visible evidence of chemical reactions.

About the Lab

  • Grades: 4–8
  • Capacity: 30 students
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $170
  • Offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and Matter
  • Stability and Change

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

PS 1: Matter and its interactions

  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
  • PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

PS 3: Energy

  • PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
  • PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life

ETS 2: Links among engineering, technology, science and society

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.
  • Actively engage 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.