Sublimation Bubbles

  • Sublimation Bubbles
NISE Network product

"Sublimation Bubbles" how some solid materials can sublimate directly into their liquid form. Participants use water to observe dry ice sublimating into gaseous carbon dioxide, and then capture the gas in soapy bubbles.



Big Idea

Chemistry can help us understand our world and learn about how materials behave and change.

Chemists use tools to discover and make new things.

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 observation of chemistry concepts and phenomena.
  • Learners will increase their sense of self-efficacy related to chemistry through hands-on interaction with exciting materials, and by successfully understanding how to do the activity.



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

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