Sunshine in a Bottle
For Earth Week, we made ethanol. It was easy and fun. A little sugar, water, and yeast and we had ethanol alcohol. This is the fuel of the future.
"Smells like red wine," one student observed.
We filtered it and bottled it. (It is not for sale, so don't ask). It was not combustible or even flammable so it would not make a good fuel. Our next step is to try different mixtures to see if we can create something more volatile. This falls in line with our studies about chemical reactions, mixtures, and pure substances.
You can try it at home. Just remember: Safety First!
The sixth graders are learning about the sea. I would love to tell you what they have been doing in class but my students have been learning how to program their own interactive lesson and I would like them to show you themselves. Here is a sample of their work.