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WORKSHOP Bubbles all Around

Outreach Workshop: Bubbles All Around

Pop in for a bubble adventure! We'll explore the properties of bubbles, what makes them pop, and measure the biggest bubbles we can blow.

Fees are determined by distance from the Museum:

  • Within 25 miles: $340
  • 26-50 miles: $370
  • 51+ miles: $370 + $.58 per mile
  • Each additional hour: $125

Register today!

Michigan K-12 Science Standards

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Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.

Common Core Code:

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Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres)


Count to tell the number of objects.


Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.


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.

WORKSHOP Bubbles all Around


Library, School

50 minutes

K-2nd, 3-5th, 6-8th


Math, Physical Sciences

Still not sure we have the experience you want?

Visit unityinlearning.org to open a gateway to hands-on discovery, exploration of the natural world, and experiences that take flight.

Through the Unity in Learning partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-On MuseumLeslie Science and Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum we provide over 100 different  programs at our facilities, on site at your location, or through interactive video conferencing.