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In this activity, students explore a concept cartoon related to escaping from quicksand and test their ideas by planning and carrying out an investigation.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • create a non-Newtonian fluid (oobleck) and explore its properties
  • make a hypothesis based on their knowledge of the properties of a non-Newtonian fluid
  • plan and carry out an investigation based on their hypothesis.

Download the Word file (see below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • extension idea
  • concept cartoon.

Nature of science

Scientists design investigations to test their prediction and develop explanations through the use of models. Making and using models is a way to clarify ideas that might otherwise be hard to carry out in a real-life situation or be hard to understand.

    Published 12 April 2010 Referencing Hub articles