There are two videos to choose from to learn about acids and bases.
The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
You will see three other videos that are a deeper dive into acids, bases, and how they act with other materials. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project.
High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects.
Then scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz.
Acids, Bases, and Salts
Coke Cans in Acid and Base
The Strongest Acids in the World
Vinegar is acidic. Baking Soda is basic.
What happens when they interact with one another?
What you will need:
Red cabbage can be a great natural indicator of PH. Watch the video to see how to make the test.
Test different liquids to see if they are more basic or acidic. Then fill out the information in the table and questions in the Stanford document.
Upload the completed document to your portfolio. Include pictures of your experiment if you want.
Spoiler Alert: The video will give away the effects of the experiment. You may choose to perform the experiment before watching the video if you want the results to be a surprise.
We want to find out what happens to an egg when it is soaked in vinegar.
You will need
For the experiment,
Did you know fizzy bath bombs are a chemical reaction happening? The video explains how it works.
Download and print this DIY Fizzy Bath Bomb pdf from BBC Blue Peter for a list of ingredients and instructions.
Gather the ingredients.
Follow the instructions.
Enjoy the full fizzy chemical reaction in the tub.
Document your experiment using this sheet from Montgomery Schools.
Upload your document to your portfolio. Add photos or other documentation if you feel inclined to do so.
Choose at least one.
Perform this chemistry magic trick from Home Science Tools for an audience. Record their reactions and your explanation to upload to your portfolio.
What you will need:
Remember to upload your performance and explanation to your portfolio.
The power of this homemade boat comes from the chemical changes that happen when this acid is mixed with this base.
Follow the directions at this link from The Naked Scientists to make your own.
Take it up a notch by making a boat that looks less like a bottle and more like a boat. Watch the video for some inspiration.
Organize an acid/base boat race for your friends or community.
Organic Chemistry for Babies