Candy Chromatography – The Lab by Steve Spangler

Have you ever wondered how candies get their different colors or how many dyes make a black jellybean?

Candies come in all shapes and sizes. You might find spheres in all the colors of the rainbow or find tiny discs that are colored brown or white. But, do you know what makes those delicious little candies all those colors? With the Candy Chromatography experiment, we’ll show you how to reveal the hidden dyes in black jellybeans, so you can take the process and try it out on a bunch of your favorite candies!

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Characteristics of Soil Activity

 

In this activity, students will observe a variety of soil types and describe the characteristics of these soils.  Soil is made up of air, water, recycling organisms, rock particles, and humus.  Different types of soils are defined by the different proportions of humus and rock particles they contain.  Humus is formed from the decomposition produced by recycling organisms.  The three types of rock particles are sand, silt, and clay.

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