Nature of Dye

  • Nature of Dye
NISE Network product

"Nature of Dye" allows participants to create their own dyes and art while exploring how chemicals interact, and how these interactions can have real-world applications. Participants predict, observe, and share what they notice as they experiment with the dye. What's your favorite color to mix?



Big Idea

Chemists use tools to discover and make new things.

People shape the development and use of new materials and technologies.

Learning Goals

Learners will develop positive attitudes toward learning about chemistry:

  • Learners will increase their feelings of interest in chemistry through hands-on exploration and observations of phenomena.
  • Learners will increase their understanding of the relevance of chemistry by exploring the applications and uses of chemistry and connections to everyday life.
  • Learners will increase their sense of self-efficacy related to chemistry through hands-on interaction with real tools and materials.



Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1612482. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Owning institution

Museum of Science, Boston

Development Process

NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.