Children at Bright Horizons Bristol Day Nursery and Preschool have been taking part in a wide variety of science experiments and exploring the effects of combining various media and materials.
A key part of the nursery’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) focus, the children took part in an experiment which saw them mix a small sweet, Mentos, with Coca-Cola, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, creating a mini explosion.
“The children relish every opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of science and love taking part in a wide variety of experiments. In this particular experiment, the children learned about the individual components and predicted what the reaction might be. They then described what they observed using new scientific language and the staff explained to them how different objects can react when combined,” said Deputy Nursery Manager Lucy Cragg.
The activity was part of Bright Horizons’ Growing Scientists enhancement which aims to help children identify scientific activities which occur in their everyday lives.