In order for students to better understand the process of Experimental Design, they will watch, take notes and answer questions about a Mythbusters episode in which they test the individual ingredients of diet coke and mentos to determine what makes the reaction.
Using that information, students will design their own experiment with different sodas that contain a different combination of the reactive ingredients. They will plan & set up their experiment using the experimental design format.
Experimental Design notes with a key, basic overall instructions including 6 days worth of explanation leading up to the conclusion of the experiment & an example of a written up experimental design diagram for the experiment to be conducted are included.
Students need to have a basic working understanding of the components of experimental design beforehand.
Independent variable, dependent variable, constants & control are all essential vocabulary.
Great activity to get kids outside and doing science!!!