Tippecanoe School Corporation
Students participating in bubbles lab.
Neil Radtke

8th Grade Science students were challenged to develop a bubble solution that could create bubbles that were at least 6 inches in diameter and that could "survive" at least 30 seconds in the air. This team not only created some of the largest bubbles, but they lasted longer than most as well. Students learned the Critical Thinking Initiative framework to not only investigate the best ingredients for their bubble solutions, but to spend time identifying the shortcomings of their trials. Failure tends to be the best teacher! All groups presented their findings to their classmates and were asked to blow that "perfect" bubble using their best bubble solution. In the end, many groups saw great successes and improvements from their laboratory investigation.