Paper Chromatography — The Colors Within

Paper chromatography is a technique for separating out components in a mixture, such as for testing the purity of compounds. In this module, Kidizen scientists will study the composition and separation behaviors of a variety marker types and colors. They will then employ this knowledge and their chromatography skills to identify the various mystery markers from their inks alone!

Student running the vinegar test on a powder sample, watching what color the solution turns.

Mystery Powders

A mysterious white powder! What could it be? Our young investigators will sleuth out the identities of the mystery mixtures by first building an “answer key” for how the individual “known” powders react to a variety of tests. Then they’ll use this key to figure out what pair of powders are in each unknown mixture by subjecting them to these same tests.