In honor of National STEM day November 8th, Dad and Nasir are conducting a cool chemistry experiment emphasizing the chemical element BORON. We will also be giving away a free copy of the book, “The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry” by Sean Connolly. To enter (1) follow us on Instagram @nasirsworld3 @slimebynasir and (2) comment below. A winner will be announced on Instagram on November 10th.
The element BORON forms crystals pretty naturally and this experiment will help with the process. “Borax is a compound of BORON and several other elements, but like BORON itself, it forms a crystal structure. This chemistry experiment, like the cooled helium balloon, shows the effect of temperature on reactions. Here, the molecules of hot water move further apart from one another, allowing more of the box crystals to dissolve. As the water cools and evaporates overnight, there’s less room for the borax crystals to stay in the water solution. Crystals begin to form, building on each other as there’s less and less water to hold them.” – Sean Connolly
Sean Connolly, the master of messy and dangerous science, provides a collection of more than 20 hands-on experiments that are like an interactive journey through the periodic table of elements. In this introduction to chemistry for STEM-curious kids ages 9 and up, each chapter of The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry focuses on a single element—its properties, how it was discovered, and even its potential danger level. Easy-to-follow experiments help readers put their newfound knowledge into action. All that’s needed is a sense of adventure and some items from around the house.
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