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44 on the Town | Fun with STEM

Careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are quickly becoming the most in demand careers available. Furthermore, Tampa Bay is on it’s way to becoming one of the best areas in the nation for STEM careers. The Tampa area was rated No. 39 on WalletHub’s ‘2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals.’ We are so lucky to live in Tampa Bay!

With STEM careers at the forefront, it’s clear that the next generation of professionals should be exposed to STEM education early. Fun activities, like the ones we did in the video above, are a great way to introduce STEM related lessons to your kids. Play along with Veronica and Vanessa and help instill these lessons early!

Experiments

Foaming Dragon | via thejoysofboys.com

 44 on the Town | Fun with STEM

  • Wide mounted bottle
  • Green cardboard
  • Googly eyes
  • Tape
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Food coloring
  • Baking soda

Glue googly eyes to bottle. Cut out tail, legs and arms and tape them to the bottle (like picture above). Fill the bottle half way with vinegar. Add dish soap and food coloring. Gently mix the contents of the bottle and place in the middle of a large cookie sheet (cookie sheet contains the mess). Add a teaspoon or more of baking soda to the bottle and watch the dragon foam at the mouth.

What Happened: Combining the baking soda and vinegar creates carbon dioxide. This forms bubbles in the vinegar and causes it to expand. The gas bubbles then react with the dish soap to make a foam. The bubbles make the mixture expand and rise causing the dragon to foam at the mouth.

Bouncy Ball | via thestemlaboratory.com

 44 on the Town | Fun with STEM

  • 1 tablespoon Borax
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons white glue
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Food color

Add Borax to warm water. Stir. Add 2 tablespoons glue & 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Add color. Stir. Using a spoon, scoop out glue mixture and roll in your hand. After a few seconds, it’s ready to bounce.

What Happened: The Borax reacts with the glue causing the polymers, or long chains of molecules, in the glue to stick together and form an elastomer. If the long molecules slide past each other, the substance acts like a liquid, but if the polymers stick together, then the substance will be a rubbery solid. The cornstarch was added to bind the molecules together so the ball would hold its shape.

Wow… Science!

For more fun with STEM, don’t miss our Kids Rock Science event at MOSI presented by Tampa Bay Water!

Catch new episodes of 44 on the Town Sundays at 11am on CW44!

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