Text by Dina and Thomas
First, we started off with a mission statement. A mission statement is to tell a certain group of people what you’re planning to do. Our mission statement was, “Does the type of soda effect the explosion when Mentos are dropped into the soda?” That told us what we are going to be doing for the experiment.
Next, before we went straight to the experiment, we stopped at the hypothesis. According to the Thorndike Barnhart dictionary, the word hypothesis means, “Something assumed because it seems likely of a true explanation.” A hypothesis is like a prediction. Everybody in our class had different hypothesis, but a majority of people thought it was because of two bad chemicals mixing. Dina and I are part of that particular group. This let us to the next step.
The, the class got back on track to the Drawing Diagram. The Drawing Diagram is the drawing of your prediction, not when you write your prediction. What Dina drew was a man next to a bottle of soda, and some Mentos. Then he put Mentos inside the soda. The soda went up and up! And it finally exploded! The Drawing Diagram helps make a movie image in your mind.
That was the end of Week I. Week II is going to be the actual experiment. That would be the day we’re going to test the different sodas with Mentos. That’s the 10 YOC warm up for Science Week. We will blog about this after the experiment.