Halloween is right around the corner and the Science Museum of Minnesota is celebrating early – and I get to help! On Saturday, October 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., the museum will host a Halloween event called Boo-ology. This event is full of hands-on, Halloween-themed science activities, and even has a costume contest. I am getting the awesome opportunity to run the experiment table with Kitchen Pantry Scientist. We’ll be cooking up quite the spooky experiment!
I’ll be working with Liz, the Kitchen Pantry Scientist, to create magic potions – the perfect Halloween experiment! We’ll start by boiling a head of cabbage, then we’ll drain the “cabbage juice” into a plastic bag. The juice or, “magic potion” will then be poured into two glasses. For our experiment, we’ll be adding a tablespoon of baking soda to one glass and a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to the other glass. The magic comes when we mix them together. When you pour the vinegar potion and baking soda potion together, a chemical reaction occurs and you make Carbon Dioxide gas! In such a simple experiment, you get to witness a chemical reaction that’s magical enough for Halloween! For more details on the experiment, complete with a how-to video, check out the post on the Kitchen Pantry Scientist’s website.