St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to go “green” with chemistry. Turn your house’s water green for the day, burn green flames, make green goo, and even have a green breakfast with the following websites. Take the theme further with activities about rainbows and pots of gold.
- St. Patrick's Day Green Chemistry Quiz
Put your knowledge of green to the test with this chem quiz.
- Turning Copper Pennies into "Gold"
This activity puts “gold” coins in your pocket. Have you struck it rich or not?
- Chemistry's Rainbow
Create your own rainbow, with a pot of (gold) acids and bases at its end.
- Rainbow in a Tube
Tip and turn to get a captive rainbow with universal indicator.
- Surfactant Science: Make a Milk Rainbow
Don’t expect to find a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but you can expect to learn some science instead.
- DIY Spectroscope
Grab a rainbow with this tool made from household materials.
- Rainbow Film
Clear and colorless nail polish can show you a rainbow.
- Crystal Shamrocks, Crystal Rainbows
Choose your design, then grow some St. Patrick’s Day decorations overnight!
- Skittles Shamrock, M&M Science Rainbow
Use candy to make a shamrock or a rainbow.
- St. Patrick's Day Demonstration
Give your Bunsen burner a flame to match the day.
- St. Patrick's Day Slime
Go beyond standard slime with these twists on colors and items to add.
- Color Changing Carnation Flowers
Give your flowers a St. Patrick’s Day hue with this simple activity.
- Brew Some Green Soda
The green is the easy part. But how can you give it a fizzy lift?
- Fried Green Egg
Take your St. Patrick’s Day to the extreme when you turn your breakfast green with chemistry.
- How Do They Dye the Chicago River Green?
It started with a pollution problem and turned into a celebration.
- Green River Spectrometry
Did these scientists uncover the secret of Chicago’s green river?
- Dyeing To Be Green
Chicago is a bit protective of its green river dye secret. This college student dug deeper.
- Fluorescing Chlorophyll for St. Patrick's Day
Green spinach gives a surpising glow. What color do you think it shows?
- Leprechauns Strike — Green Water
This dad convinced his kids that the leprechauns really came to visit.
- Turning Hair Green with the Power of Science
This Swedish scientist solved a green hair mystery.
- The Captivating Chemistry of Coins
St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all about the leprechaun gold. Branch out to the chemistry of other coinage.
- Why Are Plants Green?
Why do shamrock leaves appear green to our eyes? Read about their science.
- St. Patrick's Day Periodic Table
Change your standard element squares into shamrocks for the day.
(all sites accessed February 2021)