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Finding the Carbon in Sugar

Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Materials

Have students work in groups of 2 to 4.

Materials for Demonstration

  • 1,000 ml clear beaker (or tempered glass bowl)
  • Matches 
  • Tea candle 
  • Wet paper towels

Materials per Student Group

  • 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar 
  • Small piece of aluminum foil (15 cm square) 
  • Tea candle 
  • Wet paper towels

Materials per Student

  • Copy of "Sugar as Fuel" page

Setup

Conduct Session 1 as a demonstration using the class materials. Session 2 may be conducted by students working in groups, or as a teacher demonstration using the student group materials. 


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education