Tobar an Léinn is a small 6 teacher primary school located in the village of Raheen, Co. Laois, Ireland.
Today we discovered how strong compressed air can be! We blew up 6 balloons and placed an upside-down table on top of them. Look what happened when we stood on the table!
At one stage we had four people walking on air all at the same time!!
We had so much fun making our own bubbles and experimenting with them. Ms. Hayes used washing-up liquid, water and glycerine to make the bubble solution. Next, we dipped our straws into the mixture and blew lightly to make bubbles, it was easy! We learned that bubbles burst more quickly when they touch something dry, but when we blew bubbles onto a wet table we could make them really big! We even picked up bubbles with wet hands and passed them to each other, and blew bubbles in bubbles in bubbles! We can see solids and liquids with our eyes, and now we can see air too in bubbles!
For this experiment we needed some dissolvable Vitamin C tablets, film canisters and cut-out cartoon characters. The aim was to blow the lid off the canisters with the cartoon characters stuck to them.
We learned that when a tablet dissolves it releases gas. First of all we placed a tablet in a water-filled film canister. We made sure to be quick to place the lid tightly on top, and then stood back and waited. Because the gas being released from the canister needs to escape, it eventually blew off the lid with our characters stuck on! Some of the lids blew really high, and if we were quick enough we could make them blow 3 or 4 times! We really enjoyed this experiment, but be careful if you want to try this at home - we recommend you do it outdoors!
For this experiment our aim was to layer waters of different densities on top of each other to create a rainbow effect. Firstly, we added different amounts of sugar to 3 plastic cups, and then stirred in some food colouring. We learned that the more sugar that is added to water, the more dense it becomes.
Next, we used droppers to slowly add the different coloured water to some measuring cylinders. The most dense water, the yellow, stayed on the bottom. The red water floated on top of the yellow water. We were careful to add it to the measuring cylinder very slowly with the droppers! Lastly, we added the clear water, which had no added sugar. That water floated on top because it was the least dense.
We were delighted that our experiment worked and created such a cool effect. We will try it again soon, and add more layers of different colours and densities.