Outreach Workshop: Bubbles All Around
Take a look at surface tension in this interactive, bubble adventure. Students will learn how to make and measure different bubbles.
Fees are determined by distance from the Museum:
- Within 25 miles: $340
- 26-50 miles: $370
- 51+ miles: $370 + $.54 per mile
- Each additional hour: $125
Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, Science v.1.09
- Measure the length of objects using rulers (centimeters) and meter sticks (meters). (P.PM.02.13)
- Demonstrate that water as a liquid takes on the shape of various containers. (P.PM.01.22)
- Measure lengths in meters, centimeters, inches, feet, and yards approximating to the nearest whole unit and using abbreviations: cm, m, in, ft, yd. (M.UN.02.01)
- Distinguish between curves and straight lines and between curved surfaces and flat surfaces. (G.GS.02.04)
- Demonstrate that non-magnetic objects are affected by the strength of the magnet and the distance away from the magnet. (P.PM.04.34)
- Classify substances by their chemical properties (flammability, pH, and reactivity). (P.PM.07.11)
This workshop will run more smoothly if you can provide the following items:
- Large, flat tables
- Carpeted room preferred
- This workshop can be messy, please dress accordingly
Bubbles All Around Pre-visit Vocabulary
Adhesion: The property of molecules to stick to other types of substances. Water droplets adhere to other surfaces.
Circumference: The perimeter of a circle. The circumference is calculated as p * diameter where p is roughly 3.14..
Cohesion: The property for molecules to stick with like molecules. Water exhibits cohesive properties.
Diameter: The maximum distance across a circle. The diameter passes through the center and is equal to twice the radius.
Height: A measure of vertical distance from the base of an object to the peak.
Iridescence: The property of certain surfaces to change color depending on the angle of observation. This is due to refraction.
Professional Bubble Maker™: Frequently mistaken as a straw, though visually similar. A PBM™ is used for creating bubbles.
Radius: The distance from the center of a circle to the edge.
Refraction: The change in the direction of a light wave. Refraction frequently splits white light into a rainbow.
Surface Tension: The apparent "skin" on the surface of a liquid that resists and external force. In water, this is due to the cohesive properties of the molecules.