At-Home STEM Learning: Water Loc Gel Lab 05/14/20

Water Loc Gel Lab

Water Loc Gel Lab: Supplies-Water Loc Gel (from Amazon, Hobby Lobby, Hobby Town), dropper, water, plate

  1. Place a small spoonful of Water Loc powder on a plate.
  2. Using the dropper, place drops of water on top of the Water Loc to see how much water will hold.

A second option if you don’t have Water Loc powder, get a clean baby diaper or a pull up and see how many cups of water the diaper or pull will hold.

At-Home STEM Learning: Packing Peanuts and Water Cloud Labs 05 13 20

Packing Peanuts and Water Cloud Labs

Packing Peanuts Lab:   Needed-clear bowl, colored water, two Styrofoam packing peanuts and two packing peanuts made of starch.

  1. Fill the clear bowl half-way with water. Place a couple of food coloring drops in the water and mix.
  2. Place the two Styrofoam peanuts and two starch peanuts and observe


Read about how clouds form:

Make a Rain Cloud: Supplies needed: clear cup, water, shaving cream, spoon, blue food coloring.

  1. Fill a cup 3/4 of the way full with water
  2. Spray some shaving cream on top of the water.
  3. Use a spoon to make a thin layer of shaving cream
  4. Slowly drop blue food coloring on top of the shaving cream in the same place one drop at a time.

At-Home STEM Learning: Color Bursts and InstaSnow Labs 05 12 20

Color Burst and InstaSnow Labs

Color Burst Lab: Clear cup (plastic or glass), water, vegetable oil, food coloring.

  1. Pour water in a glass or clear plastic cup 3/4 of the way full.
  2. Pour a thin layer of liquid vegetable oil on top
  3. In a different cup, pour enough vegetable oil to form a second layer of oil on top of the water and first layer of oil.
    1. Place 3-4 drops of each of the different colors of food coloring inside the oil (different cup from the water and thin layer of vegetable oil. (Notice the food coloring forms a bubble and sinks to the bottom of the thin layer of vegetable oil.)
    2. Lightly mix the food coloring and the vegetable oil.
    3. Gently pour the oil with food coloring drops into the glass with water and a thin layer of oil.
    4. Observe. It may take a few minutes for color bursts to begin.


InstaSnow Lab

InstaSnow Lab: InstaSnow (purchased from Hobby Lobby, Amazon, or any Science Supply Store), clear cup, dropper (medicine or science dropper)

  1. Place a small spoonful of InstaSnow in a clear plastic cup.
  2. Using a dropper, drop water onto the InstaSnow mixture.
  3. Observe the behavior of the InstaSnow mixture.

A Farewell from Mrs. Pitts

Dear Vaughan Community!

I will be retiring from being a classroom teacher, so this will be my last year at Vaughan.  I have had the privilege of being Vaughan’s STEM Lab Teacher for five years. Before that I taught fifth grade at Vaughan for eight years.

I am really going to miss the Vaughan Community, and I’m sorry about not being able to appropriately tell you goodbye!

Farewell video:

Love, Mrs. Pitts

At-Home STEM Learning: Lava Lamp 05/11/20

Lava Lamp

Lava Lamp Supplies Needed: Clear cup, food coloring, liquid vegetable oil, Effervescent Tablets (Alka-Seltzer)

  1. Fill a clear cup 1/3 of the way with water.  Color the water with a light amount of food coloring.
  2. Pour liquid vegetable oil almost another 2/3 of the way of the plastic cup. Leave 1/2 inch from the top of the cup to keep oil from being spilled. (Oil will float on top of water.)
  3. Break an Effervescent in half. Place both 1/2 tablets into the cup
  4. Observe a lava lamp.

See video below

At-Home STEM Learning: Types of Clouds (05/07/20)

05/07/20  “Types of Clouds”

Open the website of cloud types:

Create your own clouds on top of about three feet of  foil or plastic wrap. Form all types of clouds using shaving cream, Q-tips, popsicle sticks, and your fingers. 😊  (As an added bonus, color a little bit of shaving cream blue, to create the rain shower at the bottom of the cumulonimbus cloud.)

Outside field trip: While you are playing outside, take a look at the sky to see what types of clouds you can spot.

At-Home STEM Learning: Introduction to Clouds (05/05/20)

Don’t forget to check out Coach Newsome’s blog for Virtual Field Day, May 8th!

Field Day!



05/05/20  “Introduction to Clouds”

Log into MackinVIA (See login instructions below)

School: Vaughan Elementary, Powder Springs, GA

User ID: Office 365 username                                                                                                                                          (

Password: Same as password used at school

  • Click on Databases (from menu on the left)
  • Scroll to “Brain Pop,” then Open Now
  • In Search field, type “Clouds”
  • Watch “Clouds” movie
  • Select “Quiz” or “Challenge”

At-Home STEM Learning: How Clouds Form (05/06/20)

Don’t forget to check out  Coach Newsome’s blog for virtual Field Day, May 8th

Field Day!

05/06/20  “How water molecules behave”  and “Making a rain cloud”

Penny Water Drop: How many drops of water can you fit onto the head of a penny?

(Click below to watch water molecules stick together.)

How it works: This sticking together of like substances is called cohesion.  That matter that makes up water causes water to be exceptionally attracted to each other. Therefore, water is very cohesive, so they stick together.

Read about how clouds form:

Make a Rain Cloud: Supplies needed: clear cup, water, shaving cream, spoon, blue food coloring.

(Click below to see how to make a rain cloud.)