Aligned with their Science unit about states of matter, second-graders at George Washington Elementary School created their own slime with the help of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The students participated in a videoconference with the museum’s Distance Learning Manager, Corrina Strecker, who discussed the different states of matter – solid, liquid and gas – and explained each state’s unique physical properties, including shape, smell and mass.
Following the presentation, the students investigated the states of matters by making their own slime. Working in pairs, they followed step-by-step instructions to create the gooey concoction, combining cornstarch, water, Elmer’s School Glue and a small amount of Borax powder. Using droppers, they took turns measuring the ingredients, stirring the mixture together and forming the slime with their hands. After it took shape, they applied their observation skills to examine the touch, smell and appearance of the slime.
The second-graders were all smiles as they conducted this one-of-a-kind experiment. The district thanks the students’ teachers and STELLAR teacher Dara Perlow for giving them the opportunity to further develop their interests in science.