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06/30/2015
 Try this neat summertime science experiment with your child today! For this science experiment at home you will need a clean, empty 16 ounce plastic soda bottle. You will also need ½ cup of 20-volume hydrogen peroxide. 20-volume hydrogen peroxide is a 6% solution of hydrogen peroxide and can be found at beauty supply stores. Also gather up 1 tablespoon of dry yeast, 3 tablespoons of warm water, liquid dish soap, food coloring, a small cup, and safety goggles. 

Be careful to do this experiment on a washable surface or place the bottle in a contained area like on a tray.  Also take care when using hydrogen peroxide. It can irritate the skin and eyes so use safety goggles and be sure to help your child with pouring the hydrogen peroxide into the bottle. 

Experiment 

Start off by carefully pouring the hydrogen peroxide into the 16 ounce bottle. Add in 8 drops of your favorite color of food coloring into the bottle. Next, add in 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and swish the bottle around to gently mix the soup in. In a separate small cup, combine the yeast with the warm water. Mix the yeast and water for about 30 seconds. If you have a funnel use it to help you pour in the water/yeast mixture into the 16 ounce bottle. Stand back want watch all the foam come out. 

Reasoning 

The foam is made from the tiny foam bubbles filled with oxygen. The yeast is a catalyst to remove the oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide to make the foam. This reaction happens fast which creates all the foam. You might notice that the bottle gets warm after the reaction, this is because it is an exothermic reaction and heat is created.   

Hopefully these science experiments will help your child realize the wonders of science. If you find your child struggling with math or science, we are here to help. The Tutoring Center offers one-on-one tutoring throughout the school year in a variety of subjects including math and reading. For more science experiment ideas,  check out our blog. For tutoring in Southgate, Michigan contact The Tutoring Center. Go ahead and give us a call at 734-785-8430 to set up a time for your child to take a free assessment.

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