Spooky Science Experiments at LaBelle Middle School

LaBelle Middle School’s Science Club performs science experiments to learn about chemical reactions and to help show that learning about science can be really fun, and pretty gross, too. Recently Ms. Erskin introduced a project using yeast, soap, and peroxide to create a foamy exothermic reaction.

The peroxide in this reaction is broken down into two parts, oxygen and water. While this normally takes a while, the addition of yeast speeds up the reaction. The yeast in this experiment is a catalyst, a substance that increases the rate of a reaction, while the dish soap traps the oxygen to make a bubbly, oozing foam.

“The foam is so cool (actually, it’s HOT!) because each tiny foam bubble is filled with oxygen! The yeast acted as a catalyst (a helper) to remove the oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide. Science is AWESOME!” LaBelle Middle School posted on their Facebook Page.

The ooey gooey result? It’s a totally creepy and disgusting “puking pumpkin”! After watching their pumpkin vomit, they enjoyed decorating and eating some pumpkin cookies. Rumor has it that the next Science Club meeting will be “eggcellent”!

Keep up the great work, Ms. Erskin! Science is not only important, it’s so much fun!

(Courtesy photo/LaBelle Middle School) Ms. Erskin’s “Puking Pumpkin” experiment in action.

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