Activities, Announcements / Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The kids are back in school and ready to learn! We’ve got some really cool science experiments from Discovery Children’s Museum x Sid the Science Kid for your little ones to do at home to keep them engaged all Fall long.

Sid the Science Kid – The Super-Duper Exhibit! Encourages kids to think, talk and work the way scientists do by building on children’s natural curiosity about the world.

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Does Color Affect Temperature?

Six ice cubes (same size and shape)
Six sheets of paper (white, black and
four other colors)
Access to direct sunlight
Stopwatch (optional)
1.) Lay each color of paper
in the sunlight.
2.) Make a prediction about what
will happen to the ice cubes in the light.
3.) Place one ice cube on each paper.
4.) Record experiment start time.
5.) Make a hypothesis about which ice cube will melt the
fastest and which will melt the slowest. Predict how long it
will take for both occurrences.
6.) Record how long it takes for the first ice cube to melt.
7.) Observe until the last ice cube melts. Record time when
the last ice cube melts.

The Science:
The black paper absorbs the most light-waves of the
samples and so it absorbs heat more quickly than the
other colors. The white paper melts the slowest
because it reflects most of the light waves. As for
the other colors, they absorb all light waves
except for the one light wave they reflect, which
is the color that is visible to us.

Questions to Investigate

What state of matter are the ice cubes
and papers?
What colors are the papers?
What happens when the ice begins to melt?
Which ice cube melted the fastest?
Which ice cube melted the slowest?
How does color effect the melting rate?
Did the outcome of the experiment
match your hypothesis?

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