Get Messy with Chemistry!
See what happens when you drop Mentos into a bottle of diet soda!
- Mentos–Diet Coke Geyser
Stand back! Prepare for a soda eruption in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…
- Mentos Geyser Tube
Ready to try the Mentos–diet soda geyser, but not ready to risk getting soda all over yourself? Try a pre-made drop tube, plus three tube caps for different soda sprays.
- Make Your Own Mentos Geyser Tube
Got some time and feeling handy? Create your own tube to drop Mentos into soda bottles.
- Mythbusters: Soda and Mentos
Mint or fruit flavor? The Mythbusters investigate which produces more bubbles in this “mini-myth” video.
- Extreme Mentos & Diet Coke
101 two-liter bottles of Diet Coke + 523 Mentos = extremely messy chemistry. See the video that started it all.
- Soda–Candy Explosions
What’s really going on when you drop a Mentos candy in soda? Even science researchers want to find out!
Blast off! Create a rocket using an Alka–Seltzer tablet and a film canister.
- Alka–Seltzer Film Canister Rocket
Load up a film canister and let it rip! Then, take a look at more variables to change, with some neat science fair ideas.
- Alka–Seltzer Student Science Experiment
Follow these easy directions to get ready for lift-off, then try two challenges: create a rocket that launches in two stages or that uses more than one film canister.
- Alka-Seltzer Rocket Race
The race is on! Answer the question of which rocket will launch first—does the surface area of an Alka–Seltzer make a difference?
- Alka–Seltzer / Film Canister Rockets
Where does the fizz come from? Learn about it and find more things to try, like what if you use hot water instead?
- Alka–Seltzer Rocket Patterns
Cut and paste like a pro with these ready to print and use patterns for rocket nose cones and fins.
Stir up some soapy science with giant bubbles, dry ice crystal ball bubbles, square bubbles, and more.
- Milli's Magnificent Bubble Solution
Sugar? Glycerin? Plain dishwashing soap? Explore which bubble solution makes the longest-lasting bubbles.
- Giant Bubble Experiment
For when a mere, ordinary-sized bubble is not enough. Learn how to make a bubble wall and monster bubbles.
- Bubble Snakes—Bubble Blower
Hissssssss… here comes the easy-to-make soap bubble snake—in rainbow colors! All you need is a plastic bottle, fabric, food coloring, and bubble solution.
- Dry Ice Crystal Ball Bubble
What prediction do you see in this crystal ball? That you’ll love this soap film filled with carbon dioxide gas and water vapor!
- Square Bubble
Create a beautiful bubble—so light, so airy, so… square? Find out how to construct a special square bubble maker using pipecleaners.
- Soap Bubbles—Basic Properties, Bubble Recipe & More
A big collection of bubble information, even a “bubbliography.”
- Bubble Town—Soap Bubble Fun and Magic
Take a trip to Bubble Town to become a bubble blowing expert, with bubble juice recipes and tricks to try.
Use the classic Elephant’s Toothpaste demonstration in new ways.
- Elephant's Toothpaste—Kid Version
Kick off an eruption of foam with hydrogen peroxide from the beauty supply store and yeast. This one’s kid-friendly!
- Oozing Pumpkin Elephant's Toothpaste
Ever seen a pumpkin spewing foam? Try this twist on the classic Elephant’s Toothpaste demo.
- Oozing Pumpkin—Kid Version
This version of elephant’s toothpaste to make a spewing pumpkin is kid-friendly.
- Supersized Elephant's Toothpaste
The Imagination Station science museum takes the elephant’s toothpaste demo to the extreme in this video.
Mix up a batch (or two, or three) of ooey, gooey oobleck.
- How to Make Oobleck
The ingredients are ordinary, but how the final result behaves is not. Grab some cornstarch and water and mix up a batch.
- Oobleck and the Mystery Powders
This experiment leaves it up to you to explore and figure out how to make the perfect batch of oobleck.
- Cornstarch Science—Quicksand Goo
Answer the questions of how oobleck works and how is it like quicksand.
- Cornstarch Walk on Water I
What do you get when you put together 2500 pounds of cornstarch with water in a cement mixer? An oobleck experiment on TV’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
- Cornstarch Walk on Water II
Give young kids tubs full of oobleck and what do you get? Truly messy chemistry.
- Cornstarch Walk on Water III
When one pan of oobleck is not enough—whip up enough to fill a pool. Can you run across it?
Not messy enough yet? Here's a few more things to try.
- Detergent-powered Boat
This small paper boat doesn’t need a motor to make it go—just a drop of detergent and surface tension. Make one!
- Making Naked Eggs
How do you get an egg to take off its shell? What does it look and feel like when it’s gone?
- Bubble Bomb
Mix up these easy-to-find kitchen chemicals and make a freezer bag explode.
- Microwave Ivory Soap
Um, soap? In a microwave? Grab a fresh bar of Ivory soap and see what happens!
- Disappearing Ink
Now you see it, now you don’t. Learn about the chemistry behind disappearing ink and make your own.
(all sites accessed July 2013)