Who better to help get your kids interested in science than a couple of scientists themselves? The women behind Nutty Scientists of Houston and Fort Bend love what they do and are ready to help get your family excited about science at home with some dry ice experiments. These can be fun for all ages – but make sure to keep safe around the dry ice! Do NOT touch dry ice with bare hands; always use gloves and protective goggles. All of these dry ice experiments must be performed with parents and never by children alone.
Sarita Menon And Victoria Lioznyansky
Nutty Scientists
(281) 436-6090 and (832) 280-7915
www.nuttyscientistshouston.com and www.nuttyscientistsfortbend.com

The owner of Nutty Scientists Fort Bend, Dr. Sarita Menon holds a Ph.D. in cancer biology from the University of Iowa and has worked as a scientist at the The State University of Buffalo and The University of Houston Health Science Center. She currently also holds an Adjunct Faculty position at The University of Houston-Downtown. As scientist and professor herself, she strongly believes science is not just physical laws and chemical properties the kids learn in a classroom, but a way of thinking and applying that knowledge. Her passion to instill the love of science in young children led her to launch Nutty Scientists Fort Bend.

Victoria Lioznyansky is the owner of Nutty Scientists of Houston. She holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and spent many years in the IT field wearing almost every hat in the industry from software developer and project manager to entrepreneur. She sought to combine her love for children with her desire to inspire them, and built a business around it. She has enjoyed seeing how much kids love Nutty Scientists classes, camps and shows. She looks forward to bringing fun and nutty science to more children in the years to come!

Dry Ice Mist

Pour warm water into a see-through glass or plastic bowl and add dry ice. The bubbles that you can see at the bottom are Carbon Dioxide gas escaping from dry ice. The mist at the top is water vapor, and kids can touch it with their hands and blow on it.

I-Scream

Take a large flat piece of dry ice. Give an aluminum spoon to the child and ask him or her to warm it up by rubbing it against the palm of the other hand. Once the spoon is warm press the spoon against dry ice, and you will hear loud screaming, which is caused by dry ice sublimating and warm spoon vibrating against it.

Dry Ice Volcano

Use a flask or any tall glass container. Narrow mouth container works best for this experiment. Add warm water, squeeze dishwashing soap, and quickly add a few pieces of dry ice. The volcano is going to erupt with small bubbles, each of which contains Carbon Dioxide and water vapor. Kids can touch the erupting volcano, squeeze the bubbles, and have lots of fun with it.

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Boom!

Have a child hold a small zip lock bag by the sides above a large bowl (to protect the surface against spilling). Pour warm water into it, add food coloring (optional), and add a small piece of dry ice. Be careful not to touch the child’s hands. Close the bag carefully and instruct the child to hold it by the ends. The dry ice will sublimate and Carbon Dioxide gas will fill the bag. Once it has no more room to grow, it will burst with a loud bang. Kids can’t get enough of this experiment, so prepare to go through a lot of bags.

Inflating Balloon

Add warm water to a small bottle (regular 500 ml water bottle), then add a few small pieces of dry ice. Carefully attach a 9-12 inch balloon to the opening. It will start inflating immediately. Wait a few minutes to let it inflate completely. Again, dry ice sublimates and fills the balloon with Carbon Dioxide gas. Once all dry ice sublimates and balloon no longer inflates, you can carefully take it off without letting any gas escape and then let it go.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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