Fall Leaf Chromatography

Do some science while taking in the colors of the autumn season! All you need is some filter paper and typical household items. For a little science lesson on chromatography, check out our other post on flower chromatography here. Overview: Chromatography is a method to separate molecules using a liquid phase (solvent) and a stationary [...]

Kitchen science: Making oil-based fluorescent chlorophyll paint

This post is part of a series on chlorophyll! Check out our previous post about how to easily extract chlorophyll from spinach and use it as a paint. Using a black light, you can also observe the beautiful red/pink fluorescence of chlorophyll, too! This post is how to further purify chlorophyll through a technique called [...]

Painting with Chlorophyll: How to make your own fluorescent paint

This post is part of a series on chlorophyll, a molecule both plants and humans owe their lives to! This specific activity is a fun, easy, and art-inspired introduction to chlorophyll for children 2 years old and up where we will make paint from the chlorophyll in spinach leaves, then observe the fluorescence of the [...]