Gummy Bear Lab!
by Melanie Gasmen-Fleck
All scientists are curious. They find creative ways to solve problems using the scientific method. This process helps them make an observation, ask a question, then create a hypothesis (or, a guess). Next, they perform tests and review their results. Want to think like a scientist? Practice the scientific method with this fun gummy bear experiment from our Mae Jemison Issue!
Before you get started write some observations about your gummy bears. What do you think will happen to your gummy bears when you put them in different liquids? Write down your hypothesis.
Gather these supplies:
small bowls or containers
other liquids such as milk, vinegar, soda etc.
small bag of gummy bears
Follow these steps:
Step 1: In a small bowl, mix one teaspoon of salt into ⅓ cup of warm water until the salt dissolves. In another small bowl, mix one teaspoon of baking soda into ⅓ cup of water until it dissolves.
Step 2: Fill the rest of your bowls with the other liquids you’ve chosen to use (⅓ cup each). Sort through your gummy bears and pick ones that look to be about the same size. For each liquid, choose two gummy bears that are the same color.
Step 3: Place one gummy bear in each liquid and a matching colored gummy bear next to the corresponding bowl. This will help you be able to watch the changes and compare each gummy bear in liquid to a normal gummy bear. Let your gummy bears sit in their liquids for 3-6 hours. Watch the changes and record your results afterward.
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