Some might think there’s nothing scarier than chemistry class, but Dr. Neal Abrams from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Research Assistant Professor Dr. Miriam Gillett-Kunnath from Syracuse University make it fun for all!
Dr. Abrams and Dr. Gillett-Kunnath stopped by “Bridge Street” with some cool demonstrations to help celebrate Halloween. The first potion they showed used a “boo bubbler” full of dry ice and green coloring. This is an easy way to make dry ice bubbles that’ll pop and create an eerie fog. Dr. Abrams says that you can buy this or make it yourself.
The next potion used iodine and starch and turned clear liquid into a dark brown color due to a chemical reaction.
Here’s one experiment you can try at home: Combine vinegar, baking soda and food coloring to create a bubbles. If you’re doing this for Halloween, consider adding plastic eyeballs for a spooky effect!
Always use caution when working with chemicals and ingredients at home, and leave any serious chemistry combinations for the professionals. Be sure to wear protective eyewear and gloves.
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