Materials List: Be “Cool” with Popsicle Engineering

Each group needs:

  • package of red Kool-Aid
  • granulated sugar, ~475 ml (1 cup)
  • blue food coloring
  • paper cups, 90 ml (3 oz.), one per child
  • Popsicle sticks, one per child
  • plastic pitcher or large beaker
  • plastic measuring spoons (tablespoons)
  • wooden or plastic mixing spoon with a long handle
  • water, ~475 ml (1 cup)
  • magnifying glass
  • large bag of uncooked rice

To share with the entire class:

  • primary microscope (more if available)
  • tray or cookie sheet to hold popsicles while they are in the freezer
  • paper towels or sponges for clean up

Each student needs:

Teacher needs:

  • chart paper
  • marker
  • access to YouTube
  • Ada Twist, Scientist book by Andrea Beaty (also on YouTube)
  • I Use Science Tools book by Keli L. Hicks (or another book on this topic)
  • Goodnight Lab:  A Scientific Parody book by Chris Ferrie (optional)
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer book by Andrea Beaty (also on YouTube)
  • Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon book by Theresa Henning (also on YouTube)
  • several Jell-O packages (if your class decides to make Jell-O on Day 5; if not, substitute the next few ingredients and materials for whatever you decide to make for a snack)
  • mixing bowl
  • microwave, stove, or hot plate (access to hot water)
  • small cups or bowls for Jell-O
  • spoons for Jell-O
  • camera for documentation (optional)
  • refrigerator and freezer