Melting Ice Experiment

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Dancing Queen wanted to do her Science Fair project on melting ice. We took six small dixie cups, filled them with water and put them in the freezer overnight. Ok, actually it was more like over three nights because we got busy with other things and didn’t do the experiment until the actual day of the Science Fair, but for your purposes, freezing them overnight would do the trick!

Melting Ice ExperimentOnce the ice was frozen, we were able to cut them out of the dixie cups using scissors and place each one in a muffin tin compartment. Dancing Queen chose what things she wanted to try to get the ice to melt faster. We left one as is as a control. We poured hot water on one, cold water on another, steam on another, sugar on one, and salt on the other.

Here is a picture before we added anything to the ice:


IMG_1267This is immediately after adding the variables to the ice:

ice experiment 1This is after five minutes:

ice experiment 2This is after half an hour:

ice experiment 3This is after one hour:

ice experiment 4As you can see, the control did melt slower than any of the others. Hot water melted the fastest.

Dancing Queen then dictated to me what she had observed during the experiment and we included that as well as a picture she drew of the process and the photographs on her display board for the Science Fair.

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