Dancing Gummy Worms
You will need:
· Gummy worms
· Baking soda
· Cutting board
· Sharp knife
· 2 clear cups
1. First, cut each gummy worm into 4 parts. Cut them lengthwise so that each piece is long.
2. Stir in 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a clear glass of warm water.
3. Mix the cut gummy worms into the mixture. Wait 15 minutes to allow for the worms to soak in all the mixture. While you wait, you can fill the second clear cup with vinegar.
4. Before you put the gummy worms in the vinegar, make a guess of what you think will happen!
5. When the 15 minutes is up, take the gummy worms out of the water and baking soda mixture, and place them into the vinegar. Watch as they become covered in bubbles and start to dance around the cup! Was your prediction right?
Why does it happen?
· When the baking soda (base) worms are placed in the vinegar (acid) they react to form carbon dioxide bubbles.
· As the bubbles rise to the surface, they bring the worm up with them, and when they pop, the worms fall back down to the bottom, making it look like they're dancing!
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