Ms. Hinckle

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The Astronomy class has been hard at work creating beautiful timelines depicting the history of astronomy! #AASTastronomy
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ..SCIENCE! We made homemade ice cream in Physical Science today to learn more about physical and chemical properties/changes🍦#AASTPhysicalScience
SCIENCE SUMMER FACT (sorry, I had to): An exploding firework is essentially a number of chemical reactions happening simultaneously or in rapid sequence. When you add some heat, you provide enough activation energy (the energy that kick-starts a chemical reaction) to make chemicals packed inside the firework combust (burn) with oxygen in the air and change into other chemicals, releasing smoke and other gases.  But what about the pretty colors?  We put metal compounds in fireworks, and light them on fire (which makes them pretty hot) When heated, atoms in the metal compounds absorb energy, causing their electrons to rearrange from their lowest energy state to a higher "excited" state. As the electrons plummet back down to their lower energy state, the excess energy gets emitted as light. Each chemical releases a different amount of energy, and this energy is what determines the color or wavelength of the light that is emitted.

My personal favorite is strontium (produces red fireworks). Barium is used for green, copper is blue-ish, and on and on...
America + Science = πŸ’™β€οΈπŸ’™
SCIENCE SUMMER FACT: why are ~professional~ popsicles so much better than homemade popsicles? Idk if you've ever tried to freeze juice and make your own popsicles, but in my experience, they aren't as good. HERE'S WHY: When you freeze water to make ice cubes, the water is ordered like that, and it also forms large crystals. The larger the crystals are, the harder the ice is going to be to break (or to bite). Which is why my homemade orange juice popsicles sucked. Not only that, but the different areas of fruit pulp and water froze at different rates. This is because the more things that you dissolve into water, the more the freezing point is lowered: this is how salting the roads works to prevent ice formation.
So how do companies make them better?  Commercial ice pop producers have freezers that can get much colder than our residential freezers. The colder they are, the faster they can cool the liquid, and the faster it will freeze. The faster it freezes, the less time the molecules have to rearrange themselves into a really ordered state before they no longer have enough energy and space to move very much, and so the crystals end up much smaller. Commercial ice pop makers also will include additives that can help with the texture of the resulting ice pop, either by affecting the rate or temperature at which the liquid freezes, or by affecting how viscous the liquid is, and therefore, how much the water can move around. Again, this relates to how easily the water molecules are able to order themselves to make large ice crystals. So just buy popsicles. They're better. #SlayingScience
I got to meet our rising freshmen today! I know the koi pride thing may seem kinda lame right now, but I promise, this school is so amazing you'll be all about #koipride soon! Plus you'll get to do science with me, so it doesn't really get much better. (Shoutout to Ms. Shuck for setting up a photobooth. Always up for a good photo op πŸ“Έ)
The furniture is all stacked up and we're done! Happy summer from your favorite freshmen teachers! β˜€οΈπŸŽ‰
Today, I made tons of cotton candy πŸ’• But, how exactly does that machine work? Well every few minutes, I would pour in more colored sugar into a little bowl in the middle of the machine. The machine gets super hot and liquifies the sugar. Since it's spinning, centrifugal force pushes the hot sugar out of tiny little holes in that sugar bowl. The hot melted sugar cools super quickly once it gets flung out of the bowl, forming sugar glass threads. I then experts wrap the threads around a paper cone for you guys! #SlayingScience
And spring semester amusement parks are done! Everyone did great! πŸŽ‰ it's amazing what you can build with recyclable materials #AASTPhysicalScience #SlayingScience
Did you know you can turn a nail into a magnet with just some wire and a battery? Running current through a wire creates a magnetic field around it. So, if we hook a wire to a battery (to give it some current running through it) and then coil that wire around a nail, a circular magnetic field is formed around the nail. That magnetic field then aligns all the atoms in the nail to a North-South position...meaning it now functions as a magnet!  This is called an electromagnet -- and today we challenged each other to see who could build the strongest electromagnet that could pick up the most paper clips. #SlayingScience #AASTPhysicalScience
Science + Music = Magic ✨ Today, we used Makey Makeys to program different objects (in this case, each other) to play sounds or complete other tasks on the computer. The Makey Makey acts as a small circuit board that connects to our computer, we build circuits between objects that conduct electricity, and complete the circuit when we touch the objects!  #SlayingScience #AASTPhysicalScience
Today in chemistry lab: We took magnesium (an element) and made it into magnesium oxide (a compound). Magnesium reacts vigorously when heated in the presence of air. The Mg-O2 reaction is energetic enough to allow some Mg to react with gaseous N2. Although there is a higher percentage of N2 gas in the air than O2, O2 is more reactive and the magnesium oxide forms in a greater amount than the nitride. The small amount of nitride that forms can be removed with the addition of water, which converts the nitride to magnesium hydroxide and ammonia gas. Heating the product again causes the loss of water and conversion of the hydroxide to the oxide.  We can use all of this information and masses taken from different stages of our experiment to determine the empirical formula! Yay science! #SlayingScience #aastchemistry
"If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die with a beat"
- Patrick's response to building a  tambourine with his supplies while stranded on a raft.