Experimenting around the Scientific Method

Intermediate students in Science Teacher Liz Bilbao's class learned about the scientific method using chicken.

To explore the scientific method, the class made a hypothesis based upon their observations of acidic liquids in past experiments, making predictions about which liquid would have the greatest reaction: tart cherry juice, lemonade, vinegar, or coffee. Each liquid was placed in a balloon, then the experimenters added baking soda and quickly tied the balloons. Students then made more observations and were able to draw a conclusion.

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The chicken bones were soaked in vinegar for six months from the time campuses closed in March because of the pandemic until early September. Students witnessed the vinegar reacting with the calcium, causing the bone to became rubbery.