Learn How To Make Your Own Sugar Snake – Hooked On Science

What’s A Sugar Snake? Have you ever played with a “Black Snake?” Not the real one, the firework? When ignited, it smokes and creates ash resembling a snake. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey with Hooked on Science shows us how to create one by using a few ingredients from around the house.

 

Sugar Snake – TeacherTube

Have you ever played with a “Black Snake?” Not the real one, the firework? When ignited, it smokes and creates ash resembling a snake. Jason Lindsey aka “Mr. Science” with Hooked on Science shows us how to create one by using a few i

Sugar Snake

INGREDIENTS

  • Baking Soda  baking soda, box, white
  • Sugar  bowl, sugar, filling
  • Sand  desert, dunes, dune ridge
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Grill Lighter  

INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1:  Mix 4 tablespoons of sugar with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Describe and classify the mixture by its observable properties.

STEP 2:  Using the sand, create a mound and then a depression in the center of the sand mound.
STEP 3Pour some of the isopropyl alcohol into the depression.

STEP 4Pour the sugar and baking soda mixture into the depression.

STEP 5:  Using the grill lighter, ignite the sugar and baking soda mixture and observe. Did igniting the sugar and baking soda mixture result in a new substance?

 

EXPLANATION 
When the baking soda is heated to a specific temperature, carbon dioxide gas is created. The pressure created from the release of the carbon dioxide gas, causes the sugar snake to grow. The snake gets its black appearance due to the heat caramelizing the sugar.

 

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