Sweet Speedway

April 23, 2020

And you thought science could only be learned in a lab.

Jill Theroux revs up the learning with this Hershey's Lab experience that you do to test the viscosity of tasty liquids in your home. 

Materials | Supplies

  • pen, paper, or Amazeum You Journal
  • spoon
  • timer
  • baking tray
  • melted chocolate, ketchup, honey, other liquids from you cupboard or refrigerator
  • tape

Concepts Explored

  • viscosity
  • gravity
  • scientific terminology
  • states of matter

Discovery Starters

Which liquid was the fastest or slowest? Why?

How does viscosity effect the time?

What do you think will happen if you mix two liquids? 

What surprised you in the experiment? Why?

Explore Further

What other materials in your home are viscous? 

What materials are not viscous? 

Why are they not?

How does heat effect viscosity? (Get parent permission to test)

Cool Science Experiments website: Viscosity of a Liquid

Little Bins, Little Hands website: Simple Viscosity Experiment

Nature website: World's Slowest Drop

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