Jefferson County Public Library Logo

Teen Blog Archive
Home >Teen Blog Archive

JCPL Teens

OCTOBER 27, 2012
Science Saturday - It's Alive!!!

Want to make gummy worms come alive?  Follow these simple instructions. 

What you need:

  • Gummy Worms
  • Scissors
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water

Cut gummy worms lengthwise to make some super skinny worms.  Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with a cup of water and stir in gummy worms.  Let soak for 15 to 20 minutes.  Fill a clear glass with vinegar.  Drop the worms in and watch them squirm.

Why does this work? 
Vinegar is acetic acid CH3COOH and baking soda is sodium bicarbonate NaDCO3 (a base).  When they mix they create carbon dioxide gass bubbles on the worms. NaHCO3 CH3COOH --> CH3COONa H2CO3  The H2CO3 is carbonic acid which will quickly break down into H20 (water) and CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). 

Want to know more?  Check our our online science databases.

Add a comment
posted by Arra, Lakewood Library



Powered by  Powered by

Blog Guidelines
We want to hear from you! Keep in mind when posting comments that anyone can read what you have to say. Please do not include personal information, such as your last name, phone number or address when replying to our blogs.

Spam, profane language, personal attacks or inappropriate comments will not be posted, and we reserve the right to edit or delete any comments that violate these guidelines.

If you already use an aggregator like Bloglines to keep track of your favorite blogs, be sure to add our RSS news feed to your list.

Thank you!

top | back | home

Go Mobile! | Contact Us | Policies/Legal Notices | Using Online Resources | Site Index | JCPL Facebook Page JCPL on Twitter
©2010 Jefferson County Public Library • 10200 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO 80215 • 303-235-JCPL (5275)