V-Lab High School Program and Experiments
High School (9th – 12th grade)
- Production of a Gas – Students will learn about the gases that erupt from volcanoes, and the volcanologists who study them. They will produce carbon dioxide and examine the chemistry and stoichiometry behind the reaction.
- Thermochemistry: Exothermic and Endothermic Chemical Reactions*– Students will learn how simple chemical reactions that cause temperature change can be used for practical applications. They will see how engineers and scientists have converted thermodynamic principles into commercial products. Students will investigate the specific reactions that lead to these temperature changes and then create their own solution to developing a thermo-neutral reaction.
- Acid Base Reactions Part 1: An introduction – Students will learn about pH and acid base reactions. They will investigate pH changes and learn about various techniques to analyze pH.
- Acid/Base Reactions Part 2: Buffers*– Students will expand on their knowledge of pH and apply this to understanding how acid rain and greenhouse gas affect the earth’s water supply. They will learn how botanists and marine chemists study the pH changes in soil and water sources and why pH is so important in our ecosystem.
- Precipitates: From Clean Water to the Statue of Liberty*– In this experiment, students will learn about the difference between precipitation due to solubility constraints and precipitation due to a chemical reaction. They will explore various precipitation reactions and learn about their applications in water purification systems. Finally, they will also learn about why the Statue of Liberty has turned different colors!
- Glow It Up: The Chemistry of Luminol -The chemistry of luminol will be explored. Students will make up solutions of various concentrations and investigate the chemistry of the reaction to generate light without heat. Industrial applications (glow sticks and forensics) of this experiment will also be discussed.