Chemistry

Teaching Chemistry with a Limited Budget

I would like to teach in a low income area and was wondering if I am on a limited budget, what are some cost efficient ways to have some fun chemistry experiments?

Elaine Thomas
Elaine Thomas
1525 Activity Points

You can make your own universal indicator (for pH) using red cabbage. There are many inexpensive household substances that have a variety of pH that your students can test. You can find many activities using red cabbage indicator online. Here is one example: http://www.stanford.edu/~ajspakow/downloads/outreach/ph-student-9-30-09.pdf A limiting reactant lab using vinegar and baking soda and balloons is also fun and inexpensive: http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/mnstep/activities/26339.html I found this manual of activities as well: http://www.csub.edu/stem/REVSUP_Manual.pdf

Cris DeWolf
Cris DeWolf
11925 Activity Points

Elaine: Look for experiments that use materials found in the local Walmart or grocery store. Use library (public) sources of experiments in the children's section. A great many experiements can be done with low cost equipment. I am attaching resources from the LC that might be helpful. Adah


Inexpensive Labs Collection
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Blow-by-Blow Inquiry: Students use their minds and lungs in this engaging inquiry activity
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Someone’s in the Kitchen with Science
     -Journal Article
The Case of the Missing Music
     -Journal Article

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101510 Activity Points

Hi Elaine,
There is another discussion thread in the Learning Center Community Forums about Low Cost Chemistry Labs that you might find helpful.
Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
86483 Activity Points

There is a recipe for home made indicators and other experiments based on items available in grocery stores in this site: Kitchen Chemistry The poster has used most of these experiments and demonstrations with elementary school kids--mostly K through 6th grades. A few have been used with college students. One or two have not been personally tested. Top of Page | Cabbage | Candy | Ice Cream | Veggies | Iron | Popcorn Soap | Vitamin C | Lifesavers | Yeast | DNA http://home.ntelos.net/~rollinso/SciFood.html Also searching the web using key words 'kitchen chemistry' identifies many interesting sites, even a free ware course from MIT. This site from Penn State also may have a few interesting tidbits: http://foodscience.psu.edu/youth/youth

Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
45915 Activity Points

A search with the key words 'kitchen chemistry' offers 4 resources from the NSTA Learning Center: 1. a book chapter: Kitchen Chemistry By: Christine Anne Royce Grade Level: Elementary School 2. a journal article: Teaching Through Trade Books: Kitchen Chemistry By: Christine Anne Royce Grade Level: Elementary School 3. Science & Children article: Someone’s in the Kitchen with Science By: Patricia K. Lowry and Judy Hale McCrary Grade Level: Elementary School 4. another journal article: The Biology of Food By: J. Jose Bonner Grade Level: College, High School

Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
45915 Activity Points

My collection of linked resources has gotten so large that it may not be possible to open the entire collection but I thought worth a try. Also have a look at "Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments" by Robert Thompson


Kitchen Chemistry Collection
(10 items)
Penn State Kitchen Chemistry
     -User Uploaded Resource
The Naked Scientist Kitchen Chemistry
     -User Uploaded Resource
Exploratorium Science of Cooking
     -User Uploaded Resource

Kitchen Chemistry Collection
(10 items)
Penn State Kitchen Chemistry
     -User Uploaded Resource
The Naked Scientist Kitchen Chemistry
     -User Uploaded Resource
Exploratorium Science of Cooking
     -User Uploaded Resource

Pamela Auburn
Pamela Auburn
68535 Activity Points

Thanks for posting all these links and resources! I'm finding myself in a similar situation.

Lance Meibos
Lance Meibos
270 Activity Points

Hi All: This has been an age old problem. I find between the local Walmart, Home Depot and local big chain grocery store I have had all the chemicals I ever needed. Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101510 Activity Points

I would concur with Adah. One can also find organic compounds like fructose and certain enzymes at local health food stores. Check out the MSDS sheet for alternative names for chemicals and look for those names in the store.

Ruth Hutson
Ruth Hutson
63530 Activity Points

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