Lightsticks and Luminescence
- Liquid Light Demo
Red + green + blue = what? Try this color mixing demonstration to find out!
- Color Mixing Using Chemical Light Sticks
Grab an electric drill from the tool box and mix lightstick colors.
- Glow Worm
Try this luminescent twist on the Elephant’s Toothpaste demo.
- Chemiluminescence with Luminol
Turn out the lights, load up some luminol solutions, and watch the glow with these three demos!
- Chemiluminescent Oscillating Demonstrations
Think “The Ghostly Cylinder” sounds like the title of a murder mystery? Think again—it’s a glowing chemistry demo to try.
- A Multi-Colored Luminescence Demonstration
A single glowing color too boring? Produce a rainbow of glow with this demo.
- Temperature and the Rate of a Chemical Reaction
How low can you glow? Investigate what happens when you change the temperature of a lightstick.
- Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
Link children’s literature and chemistry with this easy-to-do lightstick activity for younger children.
- Turning on the Light
Luminescence—it’s not just lightsticks. Investigate everyday objects to find some surprising sources of luminescence.
- Light Your Candy
Materials needed: dark room, wintergreen candies, and your mouth. Let’s go!
- Duck Tape Triboluminescence
Tear it. Stick it. Rip it. Watch it glow!
- Chemiluminescence: How Glow Sticks Work
Take a two minute, twenty second crash course on lightsticks with this Bytesize Science video.
- How Does a Glow Stick Work?
Lightsticks aren’t magic, they’re chemistry! Learn more by listening to a short podcast.
- What's That Stuff? Lightsticks
Learn about early research into chemiluminescence, with fireflies for inspiration.
- How Lightsticks Work
It seems simple—snap a lightstick, shake it up, and watch it glow. But there’s a lot of chemistry packed into that little tube!
- Light Stick Colors
Find out where lightsticks get their different-colored glow.
- Mountain Dew Glow
It’s a fake! Learn why the glowing Mountain Dew YouTube video was a hoax.