Super Snow

 

Meet the future of snow. Create snow at any time in any climate, just add a tablespoon of Super Snow to a quart of water and stir. The more itŐs stirred, the more it shines and sparkles. ItŐs so realistic it has been used at snowboarding parks and on movie sets. Super Snow expands to more than 100 times its size and lasts for weeks without rewetting. The 60-gram jar of Super Snow included in this kit will make up to a gallon and a half of snow. Super Snow is non-toxic and safe for ages 3 and up.

 

Recipes

The ideal proportion is 1/8 teaspoon of Super Snow powder for every 2 ounces of water. Use ¼ teaspoon with 4 ounces of water, ½ teaspoon 8 ounces of water, and 1 tablespoon 32 ounces water.

 

Add Super Snow to the water and stir rapidly with a spoon. It will form a clear jell and then fluff up into snow. Stirring is the most important step in the process. Your snow will form more quickly if you use warmer water.

 

Experiments

  1. Put 1/8 teaspoon of Super Snow in 2 ounces of water. Stir continuously for 20 to 30 seconds. What happens?

 

  1. Put ¼ teaspoon of Super Snow in a test tube. Mix food coloring with 4 ounces of water. Slowly pour colored water in test tube. You will see the colored water move through the snow until it is evenly distributed throughout the snow. This movement of water to achieve equal distribution is called osmosis. How long does it take to complete?

 

  1. Does osmosis occur at a quicker rate with hot or cold water? Repeat the above experiment using both hot and cold water. When the water is hot, the individual molecules move much more quickly. Since they move faster, they move into the tiniest spaces in the Super Snow polymers faster. This makes Super Snow absorb the hot water much quicker than cold water.

 

  1. How much water can Super Snow hold? Put ¼ teaspoon of Super Snow in a bowl. Measure 8 ounces of water into a test tube. While stirring, slowly add water. Pause occasionally to make sure that all of the water is absorbed before continuing. How much water can be added before the snow canŐt hold any more?

 

  1. The Conservation of Mass is an important scientific principal that states mass can never be created or destroyed. Even though the volume of Super Snow grows when water is added, the mass of the wet Super Snow is the same as the sum of the ingredients. Find the mass of ¼ teaspoon Super Snow and 4 ounces of water. Mix well and weigh again. The resulting mass should equal the sum of the initial mass of the powder snow and water. (DonŐt forget to subtract the mass of the container.)

 

  1. Water absorbed in Super Snow evaporates like water anywhere else on the planet. Measure the rate of evaporation (how quickly water leaves Super Snow) under various circumstances: in an open container, in a sealed container, exposed to heat, and in cups with different surface areas.

 

How It Works

Atoms are composed of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Two or more atoms bond together to create a molecule by sharing electrons. If the electrons are distributed evenly throughout the molecule, it creates a non-polar molecule. If the protons and electrons are not evenly distributed, this makes the molecule polar. Like a magnet, the molecule has a side that is more positively charged (with more protons) and a part that is more negatively charged (with more electrons). Polar molecules tend to bond only with other polar molecules, and non-polar molecules bond with other non-polar molecules. For example, water is a polar molecule, and oil is non-polar. Therefore, oil and water do not mix. Anything that dissolves or gets wet in water is polar, and anything that does not is non-polar. Likewise, anything that dissolves or gets wet in oil is non-polar.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a non-polar molecule

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Water (H2O) is a polar molecule

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A polymer is a group of molecules that are linked together. They come in many shapes. The shape of the polymer determines certain characteristics, including the amount of water it can hold.

 

Super Snow is a special polymer that is polar, so it mixes with water, and its shape allows it to hold more than 100 times its volume in water.

 

Fun Facts

á   Super Snow expands to over 100 times its size

á   Super Snow can be reused and lasts for 4 to 6 weeks

á   Super Snow lasts ten times longer than other snow, makes four times that of other powders, and actually glistens and sparkles like real snow

á   Has been used on movie sets and indoor snowboarding parks