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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. 

Useful links

Visit this website for educational research and pedagogy regarding the use of concept cartoons

For an extension idea, use these instructions to make slime, a non-Newtonian fluid.

 

    Published 12 April 2010, Updated 24 October 2018 Referencing Hub articles