It's National Chemistry Week! The 2015 theme for National Chemistry Week (NCW) is "Chemistry Colors Our World". There are so many great science activities that relate to this theme. How does one pare it down to something manageable during NCW? We've attempted to do that for you right here. You'll find tons of color activities, general chemistry links and recommended chemistry apps below. Read on chemists young and old!
Looking for some kid-friendly information and activities to get you started? Refer to the American Chemical Society's publication for NCW: Celebrating Chemistry.
What is color anyway? This is really more of a physics question, but it is a good place to begin before delving into color chemistry! This is a great explanatory video from Physics Girl. [This video was the 2014 winner of the Flame Challenge, a competition for scientists to answer questions understandably for kids. (btw: My sciences classes at Pine Cobble School voted for you Physics Girl!)]
So where do we see color in chemistry? Lots of places! Pigments, food coloring, pH indicators, fireworks, etc. You can find color chemistry right here on Share it! Science News. Check out these posts:
|Leaf Pigments. ©SBF 2015|
- Saturday Science Experiment: The Hidden Colors in a Leaf
- Saturday Science Experiment: Science with Christmas Leftovers (use Poinsettia pigments to make pH paper!)
- Saturday Science Experiment: 5 Ways to Make a Real Rainbow (physics)
- Got Milk? (Tie-die Milk activity)
Or maybe one of these color chemistry activities sounds like fun:
Add color to Steve Spangler's kid-friendly version of Elephant's Toothpaste
Try Science Bob's Rapid Color Changing Chemistry Experiment with materials you can readily purchase at the grocery store.
Or visit the Growing with Science blog's Chemistry Week page for several other fun chemistry lessons and activities!
Don't forget to practice and encourage safety! Here is some kid's safety equipment for kitchen science experiments. (affiliate links)
[Please note: take the appropriate safety precautions when working in an actual laboratory setting!]
Looking for more chemistry resources? Check out the links and apps below! Happy National Chemistry Week!
- American Chemical Society: National Chemistry Week Education Page
National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest
American Chemical Society: High School Chemistry Education Resources
- American Association of Chemistry Teachers
Chemical Education Digital Library
- Chem Collective-Online Resources for Teaching and Learning Chemistry
- Periodic Table Live! (interactive on-line periodic table)
WebCQ- Interactive Periodic Table
- Elements Database- Interactive Periodic Table
- Images of Chemical Elements- A Virtual Museum
- Periodic Videos
- Elements 4D (augmented reality blocks, manipulate elements to learn about real-life chemistry, requires web access) Elements 4D (iTunes App Store), Elements 4D (Google Play), Supplemental information and lesson plans for Elements 4D
- Periodic Table: EMD PTE (iTunes App Store), EMD PTE (Google Play)
- Periodic Table Lite (Interactive Periodic Table- Color coordinated by Element Group) Periodic Table Lite (iTunes App Store)
- The Elements Flash Cards (Quiz yourself on the elements) The Elements Flash Cards (iTunes App Store)
- goReact (become a chemist by combining elements and finding the product of chemical reactions!) goReact (iTunes App Store), goReact (Google Play)
- Atoms HD (atom building game) Atoms HD (iTunes App Store), Atoms HD (Amazon App Store for Android)
Explore chemistry with these great books! (affiliate links)