Explore the scientific method, acids and bases, and chemical and physical changes as your students complete challenges to become Certified COSI Chemists. Get messy with non-Newtonian substances, endothermic and exothermic reactions, and other chemistry hands-on activities!
NOTE: Students should be reminded never to eat or drink their chemistry experiments -- nor should they eat or drink near them – even when experimenting with food.
A Closer Look: Students use microscopes to identify powders based on their external structures.
Chemical or Physical?: Students compare and identify a variety of chemical changes and physical changes.
It’s a Secret: Students write secret messages in two different ways: one using phenolphthalein and washing soda, the other using ultraviolet ink and a black light.
Solid-Liquid-Gas: Students mix a solid and a liquid to produce a gas. The reaction yields results they can see, feel and hear.
pH: With a variety of diluted household chemicals and universal Indicator solution, students explore the full range of pH: acid to neutral to base.
Light the Night: Students experience a chemical reaction that produces light without heat.
Sink or Float: Students will investigate density and see how density determines if something will float or sink.
Super Slime: Students use Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Tetraborate, and food coloring to create a non-Newtonian substance to explore and take home.
Way Cool: Students mix chemicals with water to cause exothermic (heat-producing) and endothermic (heat-absorbing) reactions they can feel.
2-PS1-1 Matter and Its Interactions
2-PS1-4 Matter and Its Interactions
PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
5-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions
5-PS1-4 Matter and Its Interactions
Full-day experience: $1090
Includes whole-school assembly and smaller hands-on sessions throughout the program day.
Assembly-only option: $490
Includes whole-school assembly without the hands-on sessions afterwards.
Additional assemblies available for $175.