The Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Let’s Experiment is an invaluable resource of 43 hands-on experiments and four classroom demonstrations designed for students aged 8 and upwards.
The experiments are organised in six themes with at least six experiments in each topic area: Air & Water; Food; Energy; Colour; Materials; Forensic Science.
Teachers will gain confidence from the experiments and extensive support notes and the fact that each one can be completed with inexpensive, readily available materials.
Let’s Experiment will help develop sound scientific concepts with students learning to ask questions, make predictions, apply experimental techniques and observe and draw reasonable conclusions. The interesting and practical experiences will ignite the spark of curiosity in most students and will sow the seeds of a lifetime interest in science in many.
47 experiments that work every time
Student pages designed to be photocopied as handouts
Low cost, readily available materials and equipment
Extensive teacher notes on materials, methods, scientific background and discussion points for every experiment
Air and Water
How much oxygen is in air?
A mini fire extinguisher
Water walks a tightrope
Tying water into knots
Fire food (teacher demonstration)
Testing for starch
Growing sugar crystals
Growing white sugar
Going hot and cold
Insulators and conductors of heat
Colours — now you see them
Acid and base colours
Your own weather balloon
Red cabbage and dry ice (Teacher demonstration)
Two kinds of clean
Growing crystals of different shapes and colours (Teacher demonstration)
Growing crystal garden (Teacher demonstration)
What’s that liquid?
What do fingerprints look like?
Prints in the ground
Telltale shoes 1
Telltale shoes 2
A ransom note?
Index of Materials
Paul Savage is a program leader with CSIRO Molecular Science. He has spent two years as editor of Chemistry in Australia, and is committed to science education and to sharing his enthusiasm for the wonders of a science career.