Try This Gummy Bear Science Experiment

The monotony of repetitive learning can sometimes make learning feel like a chore.  Chores are supposed to be something that gets done at home!  The problem is, many children have been doing a lot of learning from home these last few months.  If only there was a way to shake things up a bit!  Land Of The Gummies has got you covered!  We are not only a great place to get all your gummy candy, but we are also going to give you an experiment to do with your students/kids that will be fun and memorable.  What better gummy candy to use than classic, iconic gummy bears?

Gummy bears have been a long time favorite of many people.  These tiny little bite size snacks come in a variety of colors and flavors.  No matter where you get your gummy bears, retail or wholesale, one thing usually stays the same.  They are small!  Well what if I told you we could use a little bit of science to make them grow?  With just a few simple items your probably have in your home already, we can take gummy bears to another level.  Through the process of osmosis, your gummies will transform right before your eyes!  What is osmosis you say?  Well I’m glad you asked!  Osmosis is the process in which water moves from an area with a high concentration of water to an area with a low concentration of water.

The things you’ll need for this experiment are

  • Gummy Bears
  • Three glasses of water
  • One tablespoon of salt
  • One tablespoon of sugar
  • A ruler
  • A calculator
  • A kitchen scale
  • Paper towels
  • Pen and paper
  • A clock or a timer

Here are your instructions:

  1. Select three gummy bears of the same color.
  2. Measure the length, height and width of each gummy bear and write it down.
  3. Weigh each gummy bear and write it down.
  4. Label each glass with its contents: water, salt water or sugar water.
  5. Fill the glass labeled water with one-half cup of plain water.
  6. Fill the glass with labeled salt water with one-half cup of water. Add and mix in one tablespoon of salt until all the salt has dissolved.
  7. Fill the glass labeled sugar water with one-half cup of water. Add and mix in one tablespoon of sugar until all the sugar has dissolved.
  8. Add a gummy bear to each glass and note the time.
  9. Wait 12 hours, measure and weigh each gummy bear.
  10. Replace the gummy bears back into their glasses.
  11. Check back after 24 hours, measure and weigh each gummy bear.
  12. Replace the gummy bears back into their glasses.
  13. Check back after 48 hours, measure and weigh each gummy bear

The gummy bears should come out of the cups larger than before and possibly weigh a little more as well.  So what exactly is happening here?  Gummy bears are usually made with gelatin.  When you place the gummy bear in the liquid, the gummy bear will eventually get to an acceptable temperature and the gummy bear will become what is called the solute.  The solute is the dissolved material in the solution.  In this case then, the water is the solvent.  Since the gummy bear has no water in it, it has the lowest concentration of water.  The water in the glass will then begin to move in to the gummy bear via osmosis.  Next time, try this experiment with our sugar free gummy bears.

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