Dancing Sugar STEAM Activity
This blog post from My Mundane & Miraculous Life contains two simple science experiments to help kids explore sound. We love the first experiment that makes sugar dance!
Sound Wave Visualization with Dancing Sugar
- Cover a bowl tightly with plastic wrap or pull a balloon tightly over the opening. You may want to tape the sides to keep it in place.
- Put a small scoop of sugar on top of the plastic wrap/balloon.
- Have your students put their face near the bowl and have them hum or yell somewhat loudly. Watch as the sugar shakes!
- Experiment with different types of sounds: combinations of loud or quiet and high or low. See if the sugar reacts differently.
- Explain to your students that this is because the sound is vibrations. The vibrations from their voice are shaking the plastic wrap and making the sugar jump around.