STEAM Activity: Lifting Ice Cubes with A String

 

What Kids Learn From This STEAM Activity

In this cool STEAM activity, Lifting Ice Cubes With a String, kids learn that when they put salt on ice and press a string into it, the ice starts to melt a little. This happens because the salt makes the ice get warmer and turn into water. Then, when the water freezes again, it grabs onto the string, like freezing it in place. So, when they pull the string gently, the ice comes up with it! It’s like magic, but it’s really science, showing how things can change when we mix them together.

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What We Need For This STEAM Activity

 

STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String Materials
STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String Materials

 

 

How To Do STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cube With A String

 

 

  1. Put a few ice cubes in the bowl.
  2. Add cold water to the bowl with ice cubes.

    STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String - Pour Water Into The Bowl with Ice Cubes
    STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String – Pour Water Into The Bowl with Ice Cubes
  3. Place the string on top of one (or two) of the ice cubes.
  4. Sprinkle salt over the string on the ice cube (or ice cubes) and gently press it.

    STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String - Salt Over The String On The Ice Cubes
    STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String – Salt Over The String On The Ice Cubes
  5. Leave the ice cube with the string and wait a few minutes.
  6. Carefully pull the string; you might lift the ice cube from the water!
    STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String - Lift the String
    STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String – Lift the String

    STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String - Lift the String
    STEAM Activity Lifting Ice Cubes With A String – Lift the String
  7. Observe what happens and think about why the ice lifts because of the salt.

 

Variations & Challenges

  • Make predictions before each experiment. What do you think will happen if you use very little salt? What if you use a lot?
  • Challenge yourself to explain why the ice lifts when salt is added. Can you explain it to someone else?
  • Try the experiment with different amounts of salt or ice.

 

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Author

  • Isabelle

    Isabelle has been an entrepreneur for last 22 years in retail and educational industry. She is also a mom to a child in elementary school. She believes that when kids are curious and use their imagination, amazing things can happen. She is particularly interested in STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). She believes when children are encouraged to develop STEAM skills from a young age, they gain valuable tools to tackle future challenges in a creative, imaginative, and innovative manner. She enjoys researching STEAM and craft activities, plays, toys and resources and share with parents.

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