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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Solutions miscibility, density, diffusion

Introduction

Summertime often brings beautiful fireworks displays. Whereas you normally look up into the sky to see fireworks, in this activity we will take the bursts of color underwater—with chemistry. Although it is not exactly the same as real fireworks, you will be amazed by the color explosions you will see. Curious about what that looks like? See for yourself in this activity!

Credits

Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Transparent cups or glasses (2)
  • Cooking oil (about 1 cup)
  • Water (about 1 cup)
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring (any color)
  • Medicine dropper or pipette
  • Small bowls (2)
  • Tablespoon
    Materials needed for the underwater fireworks activity.

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Solutions miscibility, density, diffusion
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