(for 25 people)
- about 15 bowls for beating foam (it may be useful to have
more on hand)
- 6 to 8 hand beaters, 1 per person for the guided activity.
You may want additional beaters for the challenge and inquiry
- 8 to 10 electric beaters
- 50 plastic coated plates - 11" or 12" size
- 50 plastic coated plates - 6" dessert size
- 8 pint bottles of Joy and/or Dawn detergent (it's nice to
have some of both)
- 4-6 cans of shaving cream
- plastic covering for tables - or newspapers
- 12, 1/4" dowels - cut to 5", 7", 9" and 12" and sharpened
to a point (can be done in an electric pencil sharpener)
- 4 yardsticks and 4 rulers
- plastic spoons
- tongue depressors
- several magnifying glasses
- 6 measuring spoons (teaspoons)
- water containers (like pitchers) for each activity
- 12 eight-oz paper cups
- 2-4 qt. bottles of root beer
- 1 dozen eggs
- cream of tartar
- 3 pints of vinegar for clean-up
- binocular dissecting microscope (optional)
- three 5-gallon buckets for clean-up
Spoons and tongue depressors are used to contour the foam, but
you can ask people to use their hands. The root beer, shaving
cream, eggs and cream of tartar are used at the inquiry center.
In the text below, the above list is broken out into three materials
lists for the three activity centers.
We've found that asking participants to bring in materials (like
egg beaters and bowls) from home works well.
Materials lists for each activity are within the description
of that activity.