Chemical Reaction Lab

Categories: On-Site

Grade 5 – 8: Through hands on chemistry in a lab setting, participants discover, experience and identify chemical reactions


Students participate in one group demo, then conduct four different hands-on experiments for themselves in small groups.  Participants use lab equipment and are given the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity in a lab environment.  Students are often surprised to see the various types of reactions and the speeds at which they occur.


  • This program is available to students in grades 5 -8.
  • This program is available by appointment only.
  • Min 15, Max 32


Experiments include endothermic, exothermic and chemiluminescent reactions.  Students learn to recognize chemical reactions and discover their applications in every day life.  Discussions include chemical structures, indicators, concentrations and catalysts. (NGSS PS1A  and PS1B)

“Understanding chemical reactions and the properties of elements is essential not only to the physical sciences but also is foundational knowledge for the life sciences and the earth and space sciences.”  National Research Council. (2012). A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. The National Academies Press.


In this program students are encouraged to conduct the experiments for themselves with limited assistance from chaperones.


Field Trip at SEE


  • One hour program with SEE instructor in the Chemistry lab followed by half an hour of explore time in the SEE Science Center.
  • Groups with more than 32 students may want to consider combining their visit with a second program. Call us to discuss options.