Our Most Popular Chemistry Kits That Get a Reaction from Students

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Bet you didn’t know that you can cover your chemistry course, start to finish, with Carolina’s popular kits. They provide students with hands-on experiments, model generation, and data analysis, while meeting chemistry course standards. Repeatedly chosen by thousands of teachers, these top sellers get a great reaction from students.

Salts and other materials included in the kit.
840307 Like a Salt to a Flame Kit

Like a Salt to a Flame

Use this demonstration to reinforce the Bohr model of the atom and explore the phenomenon of flame tests used for identifying certain metals. Burning salt compounds in a flame and observing characteristic colors relates to atomic structure. Students learn the fundamentals of emission spectroscopy as they observe the colorful flames of 6 metallic salts, which leads to understanding the concepts of atomic electron excitation and quantum theory.

Periodic Table Inquiry

Astrobiologists have theorized that life on other planets might be silicon based as opposed to the carbon-based life that exists on Earth. In the lab, students seek to understand this phenomenon by constructing models of the elements based on their chemical and physical characteristics. They then compare their models to the periodic table and 3 alternative periodic tables with the goal of answering the driving question, “What patterns can be identified in the design of the periodic table, and how can those patterns be used to make predictions?”

Materials needed to solve the periodic table mystery.
840074 Periodic Table Inquiry
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Chemical Bonding

Students propose a data analysis plan for information received from the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover based on patterns present in the physical properties of ionic and covalent compounds. Students work toward answering the driving question, “How can you make and defend a claim about the types of chemical bonds in compounds based on the patterns present in evidence collected in the lab about their physical properties?”

Balancing Chemical Equations Kit

Introduce and reinforce balancing chemical equations with a hands-on activity using manipulatives to model balancing chemical equations and applying the law of conservation of mass. These tools help students visualize the number of atoms participating in each side of a chemical reaction by modeling the reactants and products.

Colorful cubes are used  to model atoms in a chemical equation
840656 Balancing Chemical Equations Kit
Students investigate 45 different chemical reactions between 10 different chemicals in this guided-inquiry microscale chemistry experiment.
840660 Mystery Chemical Reactions Kit

Mystery Chemical Reactions Kit

Some chemical reactions produce no visible change, whereas others produce impressive changes in appearance that clearly indicate to an observer that a chemical change has taken place. With enough knowledge of the characteristics of compounds and the elements from which they form, students can predict the identity of products of a chemical reaction given the reactants, write the chemical formula of a substance given the name of the substance, and use evidence from observations to identify the reactants and products in chemical reactions. Using evidence, students make predictions about properties of the products of 73 different double-replacement reactions.

Carolina STEM Challenge®: Chemical Reaction Rockets

Students apply their knowledge of chemical reactions and stoichiometry to solve the engineering problem, “What is the best way to modify a chemical reaction to maximize the altitude of a rocket?” Teams complete a prototype activity during which they observe the effects of chemical changes in a chemical system. Next, they create a simple rocket to explore the energy transformations that propel the rocket into the air. During the design challenge, teams brainstorm ways to modify the reaction and the design of the rocket tube to maximize altitude.

Construct a carbon dioxide gas-powered prototype rocket and then modify the chemical system to maximize the rocket’s altitude.
820103 STEM Challenge: Chemical Reaction Rockets
Observe how temperature, concentration, and the addition of a catalyst affect the rate at which a colorless solution changes to a deep blue color.
840325 Iodine Clock Reaction

Iodine Clock Reaction

Students observe the phenomenon of chemical clock reactions, model these reactions on a particulate level, and calculate reaction rates as the reciprocal of elapsed time for each trial. The effects of concentration, temperature, and catalysts on reaction rates are observed in separate demonstrations.

Carolina® Gas Laws

A helium-filled weather balloon increasing in volume as it rises until it bursts serves as the investigative phenomenon. First, students collect evidence from a series of activities that explore the relationships between the pressure, temperature, and volume of a gas. They make claims about the cause-and-effect relationships they observe between pairs of variables while developing an understanding of Boyle’s, Charles’s, and Gay-Lussac’s gas laws. Second, students use the ideal gas law to construct models of one mole of a gas at STP and at 3,000 meters depth in the ocean.

Investigate the ideal gas law, plus Avogadro’s, Boyle’s, Charles’s, and Dalton’s gas laws in this station-based kit.
840289 Carolina® Gas Laws
Model radioactive decay using multifaceted cubes and water flow. Graph the data and determine the half-life of “radioactive” samples.
840715 Radioactive Decay and Half-Life Simulations

Radioactive Decay and Half-Life Simulations

Students propose evolutionary relationships using 2 lines of evidence. First, students examine the external anatomical characteristics of 5 different preserved specimens and based on morphological similarities, create a cladogram. Students are then provided data about differences in the sequence of amino acids in a protein that the animals share. They construct an additional cladogram based on this molecular information. Considering both morphological characteristics and genetic information, students propose evolutionary relationships among the animals and try to explain any discrepancies between their 2 cladograms.

Observing Ionizing Radiation Using a Cloud Chamber

Students experience the phenomenon of radioactive decay through observing tracks created in a cloud chamber by ionizing radiation as it passes through a cooled, supersaturated alcohol vapor. They illustrate and explain what is happening in the cloud chamber on a particulate level while learning about radioactive decay and writing nuclear equations to model that decay. Students then connect the phenomenon to real-world applications such as nuclear power, nuclear medicine, and archeological dating.

Observe the contrails formed as ionizing radiation travels through a cooled, supersaturated vapor.
840374 Observing Ionizing Radiation Using a Cloud Chamber

These are our chemistry top sellers. From atomic structure to reactions and reaction rates to radioactive decay, get your students energized with hands-on activities that work and reduce your workload at the same time. Use them to help make your students’ path to success easier. Need more information? We’re always happy to answer your questions and provide a personalized quote.

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