Spring break science: a special visitor at Goshen Boys & Girls Club

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GOSHEN, Ind. -- A special visitor stopped by the Boys & Girls Club in Goshen on Wednesday to talk about weather and science.

That's right, our own Meteorologist Maci Tetrick got the chance to visit first through fourth grade students who were on spring break.

While she was there, Maci answered questions about weather forecasting and why weather is important in our lives. A few of the students had the chance to present the weather in front of a mock green screen for their peers to watch.

Of course, you can't talk about science without doing some sort of experiment, right? Maci showed the group the 'elephant toothpaste' demonstration, and the kids squealed with excitement as the foam ran over the top of the bottle.

Here are the steps the group followed in the experiment to create 'elephant toothpaste.'

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 packet dry yeast
  • warm water
  • dish soap
  • food coloring (optional, but fun)
  • empty water bottle
  • tarp or bowl to help contain the mess

Here are the steps you'll take to run the experiment:

1. Mix yeast and 3 tablespoons of warm water in a small bowl

2. Mix hydrogen peroxide, few drops of dish soap, and few drops of food color into the empty bottle

3. Pour the yeast/water mix (a funnel is helpful) into the bottle

4. Watch the foam form and potentially shoot out the top of the bottle (this is the messy part)

If you do this experiment at home, all ingredients are safe to go down the drain when you are done.

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