Science Kits Instructions

The Candy Chromatography Science Kit (SB-CNDYCHR) kit can be used with the Science Fair Project Ideas listed below. Click on any project below to see the full information. Using the tabs on the project, you can view background information and the steps of the experimental procedure.

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Science Fair Project Idea
Everyone loves the beautiful colors of fall, but where do they come from and how does the change in colors happen? In this project, you will uncover the hidden colors of fall by separating plant pigments with paper chromatography. What colors will you see? Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For your convenience a kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Adult supervisions is required while using the stove and hot water. Alcohol is flammable and toxic. Adult supervision is recommended while working with the isopropyl alcohol.
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Science Fair Project Idea
Do you ever wonder how markers are made? Where do all of those colors come from? Many of the colorful dyes we use come from plants. Could you create vibrant colored natural dyes? Could you turn these dyes into art supplies? You can! In this science project, become a scientist and engineer and make your own marker using homemade plant dye! Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For your convenience a kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Adult supervisions is required while using the stove, hot water, and cutting knife.
Science Buddies Original
Science Fair Project Idea
Have you ever looked at sunlight through a prism? If so, you know that the prism can separate the sunlight into many different colors of light — a rainbow. Like sunlight, chemical mixtures can also be broken into their component parts. One way of doing this is a simple technique called paper chromatography. What do you think you will see if you use paper chromatography to look at the components of black ink? Is black ink just black? Find out for yourself! Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For your convenience a kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Alcohol is flammable and toxic. Adult supervision is recommended while working with the isopropyl alcohol.
Science Buddies Original
Science Fair Project Idea
Quick, what is your favorite color of M&Ms® candy? Do you want to know what dyes were used to make that color? Check out this science project to find out how you can do some scientific detective work to find out for yourself. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For your convenience a kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
Science Buddies Original
Science Fair Project Idea
Are all reds the same? Find out in this science fair project! Investigate if the pigments in one type of red flower are different from those in another type of red flower. Flowers contain an assortment of amazing chemicals that produce color. In this plant biology project, you will analyze the colored pigments in different plants' red flower petals using paper chromatography, and compare the pigments in the different flowers. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For your convenience a kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Alcohol is flammable and toxic. Adult supervision is recommended while working with the isopropyl alcohol.
Science Buddies Original
Science Fair Project Idea
Do you like to analyze stuff and finding out what it is made of? An analytical chemistry method, called chromatography, allows you to separate mixtures of compounds and to identify each individual compound within the mixture. Chromatography is used by many scientists, for example food scientists, forensic scientists, or organic scientists to analyze all kinds of mixtures such as food, blood, or medicine. In this project, you will be using paper chromatography to analyze the pigments from… Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For your convenience a kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
Science Buddies Original
Science Fair Project Idea
Did you know that mixtures can be unmixed? Chromatography is an analytical technique in chemistry to separate mixtures and identify each of its individual compounds. In this project, you will separate ink dyes found in different markers using a strip of paper, chalk and different liquids. By comparing different chromatography substrates and solvents, you will learn how different attractive forces between substances can affect the separation of a mixture into its individual components. Read more
+ More Details
- Less Details
Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For your convenience a kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Alcohol is flammable and toxic. Adult supervision is recommended while working with the isopropyl alcohol.

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