Non-Newtonian Fluids—How Slow Can You Go?

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Children enjoy playing with silly putty, but it provides more than just fun. Young scientists make their own silly putty using different recipes. After a bit of fun, they test and graph the viscosity of each.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • List other non-Newtonian fluids students are familiar with, such as ketchup and chilled caramel topping
Classroom Considerations

  • Use caution with the food coloring, as it stains many surfaces
  • Relies on prior knowledge of the properties of solids and liquids as well as how to collect and graph data
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  • Uses cheap materials, so it is easy to do for many classrooms
  • Easy to adapt to lower ability levels and higher academic levels
  • Connects science and math

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