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How big can bubbles get?  In 2007, a man named Sam Heath ("Sam the Bubble Man") was able to fit nineteen people inside a single bubble -- a world record!  In this session, we're going to make lots of bubbles -- big and small -- and look at them with a scientist's perspective.  You'll become bubble experts and learn about 'thin films', an important concept in chemistry.   


You'll need homemade bubble solution, best prepared at least one day in advance.  It contains 1 cup of water (240 mL), 2 tablespoons of dish soap (30 mL) and 1 tablespoon of sugar (15 mL).  If you would like to experiment with two different bubble solutions, you can try making a second batch using the same recipe, but with an additional 1 tablespoon of glycerin. 

Other materials: pair of gloves (optional), small bubble wand, pipette, or straw, black paper, container for bubble solution (a clean, flat foam lunch or deli tray is great!), straws, string, scissors.

Experts: Karla, Mehrin, Brittney and Melissa from the Knowles Group, University of Rochester.

March 27th, 2021 11:00 AM
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Event Ticket $ 16.00