Fun with Bubbles!

Secondary School Science Teaching Methods

Adam Johnston & Sharon Ohlhorst

 

You have been supplied with some highly scientific, extraordinarily expensive equipment:

C           a bottle of Mr. Bubbles (or some similar solution)

C           a bubble wand (inside of bottle)

 

You may also have at your disposal some of the following:

C           straw

C           bubble trumpet (a funnel-like object used for blowing extra large bubbles)

C           other alternate bubble-blowers

C           alternate bubble containers

C           lots of open space, including the great outdoors

 

Tasks:

Using the bubble solution and wand to “blow bubbles,” you should do the following:

C           Make as many observations about the bubble solution and the resulting products as possible. Be specific. Make observations under different conditions (inside, outside, warm, cold, windy, still, falling, rising, in different containers, in combinations or films, etc.) and during all stages of the bubble=s Alifetime.@  Be aware that many observations should be of subtle phenomena B there is much more going on here than first glances might reveal.

C           As a result of your observations, you should develop questions about the nature of the bubbles and the bubble solution. Pose these questions/problems in a notebook.

C           [OPTIONAL: Take the bubbles home with you, even if you think that you are finished.  Read the Scudder article.  Observe the bubbles some more, and continue to record your findings and questions.]