Creating Oobleck

Creating Oobleck photo

During two consecutive Fridays in February, students from Half Hallow Hills East High School part of the group Think Act Share Create visited Bowling Green Elementary School for lessons in making Oobleck.

Oobleck is a substance that can mimic the qualities of a solid or a liquid, a non-Newtonian fluid, made from a mix of cornstarch and water. The name comes from the book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by Dr. Seuss.

The TASC students visited fifth-grade classrooms at Bowling Green on February 1 and February 8 to help create Oobleck. They first demonstrated how the activity would proceed, then distributed a mixture to each elementary school participant and guided them in the process of stirring and creating the solution. As the substance began to form, students added food coloring to give their Oobleck its own unique look.

At the end, the group demonstrated how the forms of both liquids and solids are found in the Oobleck. The elementary school students played with their creations by manufacturing different shapes and sizes while also noticing the unique texture. 

Bowling Green thanks the TASC students for bringing a fun and creative lesson to the fifth-graders.