Many teachers know students are more interested in classroom learning when they witness science in action, with educators actively seeking methods to increase student engagement. Dry ice can be an ideal solution as it blends education and entertainment. Learn more about how you can use dry ice for science experiments.
You can demonstrate the properties of solids, gases, and liquids by leaving a piece of regular ice and some dry ice out for a specific time. Ask your students to predict what will happen to the ice, and let them observe the different processes the regular and dry ice will undergo. While the puddle of water from the traditional ice cube won’t surprise them, they may be amazed that the dry ice remains in the same state! This provides an excellent opportunity to discuss carbon dioxide and gas.
Warm Water Interacting with Dry Ice
Warm water pouring over dry ice creates a cloud of carbon dioxide gas and water vapors. It is safe to touch the cloud, but students do not put their hands in the bowl or glass containing the dry ice and warm water. The cloud will start to disappear when the water cools down, but you can easily make it reappear by emptying the cold water and adding more warm water.
If you’re looking for an engaging and visually impressive activity that won’t break the bank, consider creating floating bubbles for your students! Start by taking a small, empty fish tank and filling it with an inch of warm water. Then, add some dry ice to the tank. Blow a few bubbles into the aquarium with a bubble wand and some bubbles handy. The bubbles will appear to be floating in mid-air inside the tank, but they are floating on invisible carbon dioxide gas. Including dry ice in your lesson plan is a fun and unique way to keep your students interested and engaged.
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