STEAM Saturday – Make Ice in 5 Seconds! (1/22/2022)

It’s cold outside, and we thought it would be the perfect time for an activity about ICE!  We found this fun instant ice tower experiment at  This is a great project for teaching your children about “nucleation,” the chain reaction that causes ice crystals to form.

All you need for this experiment are a jar, several bottles of purified water, ice cubes, and a tray or plate to catch drips.   First, stick your bottled water in the freezer (Steamsational recommends working with about 6 bottles, just in case you need to try different things to get the experiment to work).  Depending on your freezer temp, it could take anywhere from an hour to three hours for your water to be ready.  How will you know when it’s ready?  Take one of the bottles out.  It should still be liquid, but if you smack it on the counter, it should freeze instantly.

Once your water is ready, work fast and create your instant ice towers!  See the full project HERE.

We’ll see you right back here next Saturday for another STEAM Saturday activity!  Scroll through the rest of our website to learn how Critchlow Adkins is Building Brighter Futures for the children and families we serve!

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