Action Reaction

Engage in action-packed chemical reactions such as exploding hydrogen balloons while learning about properties of materials, the difference between physical and chemical changes, and how to recognize when a chemical change has occurred.

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • What is the periodic table? 
  • What is a physical change? What are some indicators of a physical change? 
  • What is a chemical change? What are some indicators of a chemical change? 
  • What are proper safety procedures to follow during science experiments? 

Essential Standards: 

5.P.2.3; 8.P.1.2; 8.P.1.3

Goals of the Program:

  • To provide an opportunity for students to be involved in hands-on chemistry experiments, using appropriate scientific procedures and equipment. 
  • To expose students to the difference between physical and chemical changes and the signs that may indicate a chemical change.

Class Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between a chemical and physical change 
  • Identify signs of chemical changes 
  • Demonstrate proper safety procedures when handling chemicals

Methods and Activities:

  • A brief introduction will familiarize students with matter, the periodic table of elements, chemicals, and the concepts of chemical and physical changes. 
  • Students will assist in experiments either individually, in cooperative groups, or as part of demonstrations. 
  • Students will use observation skills to note changes that may (or may not) occur in the course of the experiments, which will include determining if the reaction was chemical or physical, endothermic or exothermic, and making predictions and drawing conclusions. 

Key Vocabulary:

Element, Matter, States of Matter, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Endothermic, Exothermic, Precipitate 

Set-up Needs:

  • One long table, a large empty trash can and access to a sink with hot and cold water. 
  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart. 
  • Tables or grouped desks for students to work in cooperative groups. 
  • Approximate set-up and clean-up time – at least 60 minutes before and after program. 
  • Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked. 
  • Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades 3 - 8
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
  • Maximum 25 students