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 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.