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Martian Volcano

There are five different kinds of islands: barrier, continental, coral, tectonic, and volcanic. We Zoobers work on a coral island, which is made of the limestone body parts of countless tiny coral animals. I really wish that I lived on a volcanic island, but since that isn't possible, I have fun making toy volcanoes in my laboratory. Lava glows red hot everywhere, and I like to imagine this volcano is on Mars. Here's how I make it.

Bottle with a thin neck, such as a soft drink bottle
2 tablespoons baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon dishwashing soap
Red food coloring
Glitter (optional)

Baking sheet or sheets of newspaper
Measuring cups and spoons
Funnel (optional)

1. Stand the bottle on the baking sheet or layers of newspaper (to prevent spilling on the floor or table).

2. Spoon the baking soda into the bottle.

3. Mix the vinegar with the dishwashing soap and a couple drops of red food coloring. (Add some glitter if you want a sparkly volcano.) Stir gently until it's mixed well.

4. Pour the vinegar mixture into the bottle (use a funnel if that's easier) and get back.

HOW IT WORKS: When mixed together, baking soda and vinegar produce carbon dioxide (CO2). This is the same bubbly gas in soft drinks. As the gas expands, it shoots out of the neck of the bottle like an angry volcano. (Try green food coloring for a Venusian volcano.)

Copyright © 2003 by Mark Frauenfelder

Product Details

Frauenfelder, Mark
Chronicle Books
Chronicle Books
San Francisco
General Juvenile Fiction
Edition Number:
Series Volume:
no. 10
Publication Date:
October 2002
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
1 x 1 x 1 in 1 lb
Age Level:

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"Review" by , "Kids looking for something fun to do will find plenty of ideas [here]....With crisp, retro comic illustrations, Mad Professor...entices youngsters to create 'Robot Food,' 'Goon Goo' and 'Top-Secret Ink.' Four sections explore polymer science, robotics, earth science and the significance of the scientific method; each experiment calls for common household items. Spiral binding and acetate pages facilitate experimentation."
"Review" by , "Mad Professor is not the kind of book that should sit safely on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. Spiral bound with laminated pages, this happy little book is designed to resist all kinds of goo. It is also designed for the inquisitive child....[A]s your progeny go about building an Old Tyme Robot or take the time to create a Shatterproof Egg, they are also inadvertently learning valuable lessons about chemistry and physics."
"Synopsis" by , A secret laboratory has disappeared, and all that's left is a secret notebook! Dozens of recipes and cool projects show kids of all ages how to concoct a variety of projects from common household ingredients. With playful illustrations, Mad Professor is full of fun, icky, and educational activities.
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