Spangler Salutes Deb Connor

9NEWS Science Guy Steve Spangler salutes Colorado teachers

9NEWS Science Guy Steve Spangler salutes Colorado teachers who are certifiably mad about teaching science. His first stop of the week takes him to Jewell Elementary in Aurora, Colorado, to visit a first grade teacher who shares her secrets for getting children fired up about science at a very young age. 9NEWS salutes Deb Connor.

Experiment

Using household ingredients, Deb Connor teaches her students a lesson in chemistry as she makes the “ultimate bubble” solution.

Find a container to hold 2 gallons of distilled water. Some people use a 5 gallon bucket. Add 2 cups of liquid dish soap. The real “bubble masters” prefer the Dawn brand but other brands work, such as Joy. Avoid dish soap that contains antibacterial products.

Mix the bubble solution gently with your hand. For crystal-clear bubbles, be sure that you always KEEP THE SURFACE FREE OF FOAM. If the water is hard in your area, add extra soap. Optional: Add 2 tablespoons of glycerin (Available at Wal-Mart) or clear Karo syrup for tougher, longer-lasting bubbles. Tip: Bubble solution improves with age. If you can, leave the mixture in an open container for at least one day before use.

Try This… Find interesting open-ended plastic cans, straws, and funnels of various sizes to form bubbles. A hula hoop can be used in a child’s wading pool for a child-sized bubble. Plastic straws can be connected together with paper clips to form interesting 3D shapes. Be sure that the model is immersed completely, so that all sides are covered. Gently lift the model out of the bubble solution. You should have an exciting geometric bubble! Children’s winter gloves can be used to bounce bubbles since they are dirt and oil free.