HOMESCHOOL WEDNESDAYS: SODA POP SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

Although soda pop is admittedly my one and only vice in this world (I’m weaning myself off), I know all too well the health implications it can cause, especially on young children. With that being said, we limit and strongly discourage drinking soda pop. I’m sure all of you know how hard it is to say no when you’re at a function and all the other kids are drinking pop. Heck, it’s hard when you go out to eat, when your on the run or when you’re just having one of those days. It really is a very scary concept when you think about how accustomed we have become to consuming such toxins. *Shiver*

Yesterday our children had their 6-month dental check up. Sadly, our oldest son did show 4 cavities in his permanent molars. I’m hoping to reverse this damage with diet control and remineralization toothpaste, but that’s another story. The dentist naturally reiterated with the children the importance of not consuming junk food and the damage it can cause to your teeth (not to mention your overall wellbeing). It is very difficult for us to monitor what our oldest two children eat due to the fact that they have regular visitation with their biological father. The food choices they are given are not in the least cohesive with what we feed them. It has been a problem to the extent of having a Judge court order healthy food. It’s sad but true. What is even more upsetting is when people choose to completely and entirely disregard our guidelines as parents.

So after a full day dentist trip (7:30AM-4PM) our oldest two trotted happily off to visitation. Upon return they reported that not only had they been informed that they would still be allowed junk food at bio-Dad’s house, but they enjoyed candy that very night. As a mother  Mama Bear, my claws where out with nothing to hunt!!!

After careful consideration I decided the best course of action would be through example. Our children have been witness to my struggle with caffeine addiction and I think they understand how hard it can be to give up an addiction, which junk food is…but it wasn’t enough. I needed to show them what the dangers where. Therefore this week, we will be doing a number of Soda Pop Science Experiments.

EXPERIMENT #1 – The tried and true fun one, Mentos in Diet Cola

  • 1 – 2 Liter Diet Cola
  • 1 – roll Mentos
  • Video Camera
  • Science Journal

EXPERIMENT #2 – Mountain Dew Flash Light (Glow in the Dark)

  • 1 – 20 oz. Mountain Dew
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 3 – capfuls of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Video Camera
  • Dark Room
  • Science Journal

EXPERIMENT #3 – Cleaning the toilet with Cola

  • 1 – 2 Liter Cola
  • Dirty Toilet
  • Old Rags
  • Video Camera
  • Science Journal

EXPERIMENT #4 – Cleaning an engine with Cola

  • 1 – 2 Liter Cola
  • Greasy Grimy Engine Block – we just happen to have one
  • Old Rags
  • Video Camera
  • Science Journal

EXPERIMENT #5 – Dissolving a baby tooth in Cola

  • 1 – cup Cola
  • Baby Tooth
  • Glass container
  • Camera
  • Science Journal

Before, during and after the experiments the children will be journaling their scientific inferences (hypothesis) and conclusions. We will not be following the Scientific Method to course as I want their inferences to be based on their current knowledge and not based upon research. Then we will discuss what chemical reactions happened, why and what they do to our bodies! Will post the results next week, stay tuned.

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