Chemistry colors your world!
Visit these links and explore the ways that it does. It could be the rainbow glow of lightsticks. It could be how tattoo artists create their colorful effects. It could be how a chameleon changes its skin color. It could be using food materials to dye eggs. All these and more!
Watch the archive of our recent webinar—"Chemistry Colors Our World!" - Resources for National Chemistry Week, the Classroom, and Beyond—and related resources, for even more ideas.
- Rainbow Connection
Get in touch with your inner Kermit the Frog as your perform the “Rainbow Connection” demonstration set to music.
- Color Changing Flower
Can’t decide whether you prefer white or pink flowers? You can have both with this color change demo!
- Opening Day Signs
This colorful demo could kick off your school year. Show that chemistry can be a chemystery, and not chemisery.
- Color Changing Milk of Magnesia
We promise—this demo won’t give you heartburn. But it will help you learn how antacids work in your stomach.
- Dry Ice Color Show
This large-scale demo brings together dry ice and a rainbow selection of indicators for colorful results.
- Color Mixing Using Light Sticks on an Electric Drill
Sure, you can use a spoon to mix something in the kitchen. But what if you want to mix light?
- Bubbling Lava Lamp
You won’t be able to take your eyes off these bubbling bursts of color. Make your own homemade “lava lamp” using household materials.
- Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
Link the suspenseful tale (it’s even based on a true story) from the children’s book Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie with the colorful glow of lightsticks.
Ah, a lovely image of the American flag—yellow, blue and black. What? Find out how your eyes can turn them into red, white, and blue.
- Dyeing Yarn with Kool-Aid
An icy-cold glass of Kool-Aid can quench your thirst. But did you know you can also use the powder to color wool yarn? Mix up a batch!
- Colors on the Mooooove!
Try this swirling and twirling milk demo yourself. Then moooove on and share it with a friend.
- Natural Easter Egg Dyes
Shopping list: cranberry juice, beets, carrot tops. Ingredients for a wacky dish? Nope. Just a way to add pizzazz to white hard-boiled eggs.
- Ultraviolet Testing with Color Changing UV Beads
SPF 100+? SPF 80? Do they make that much of a difference beyond, say, SPF 50? Investigate with color changing beads!
- Turning on the Light
Go for the glow with this luminescence activity. Can you find household items that give red, blue, and orange fluorescence?
- Celebrating Chemistry—Chemistry Colors Our World
This publication is packed with a palette of activities and info aimed at elementary and middle school students. There’s also a Spanish version.
- Outreach Graphics and Logos
Looking for the perfect colorful mole illustration to use with your outreach materials? This collection should be first on your list.
- International Year of Light
Go beyond the visible spectrum! The chemistry of color can include other wavelengths of light. See what the International Year of Light folks have to offer.
- Open for Discussion: Tattoos
Think ink! Learn more about the science it takes for tattoo artists to create their colorful effects on skin.
- What Do We Know About Fireworks?
Where do the colors of those “ooh” and “aah” moments come from? Find out using the reading activities in this emergency lesson plan.
- Ripe Bananas Glow Bright Blue
Not sure when your banana is at peak ripeness and ready to eat? Just look for that beautiful blue glow!?
- ACS ChemClub Calendar—Lightsticks
Looking for some fun and colorful chemistry for your wall? This ChemClub calendar page about lightsticks is a great choice!
- Food Coloring
A blue slushy? Green ketchup? Orange cheese curls? Where do these colors come from?
- Compound Interest
Colors, colors, everywhere. Do a search for “color” to turn up infographics on colored glass, colors of blood, gemstone colors, and more.
- Chameleons’ Color-Changing Science
A chameleon changing its skin color looks like a neat trick, but what’s the chemistry behind it?
(all sites accessed Sept. 2015)