Weigh the Possibilities: 3 Quick Experiments Using Scales and Balances
Middle School/High School
Want a fun activity that really measures up? Scales and balances seem simple, but there are many different ways to take them to the next level. Plus, you can show your students that measurements are the foundation of any good science experiment, whether in chemistry, biology, or physics. Here are 3 activities your students can use to familiarize themselves with scales and balances. Happy weighing!
- Sugar Weight
Ever wonder how much sugar is in your favorite sweet treat? Is fruit juice healthier than soda? Use scales and balances to find out!
This activity introduces students to basic weighing techniques, conversion calculations, and nutritional concepts using their favorite sweets, candy, and beverages.
- Sustainable Eating
How do our bodies absorb the food that we eat? Find out in this experiment with the help of a caterpillar friend.
Your students can use a balance to record and analyze data over time and draw conclusions as they observe the weight changes in a caterpillar that has ingested food. Connect your conclusions to lessons on sustainable foods in the human diet – which foods are more sustainable, and which are less?
Cool Feature Alert: The Ohaus Scout STX balance has a Dynamic/Animal Weighing Mode, a unique feature used to stabilize live specimens that move.
If your balance has this setting, don’t forget to use it to get accurate weight measurements on wiggly live materials.
- Boom Goes the Beaker
How do particles behave differently in each state of matter: solid, liquid, and gas? Use your balance, a beaker, and simple chemicals to demonstrate how weight measurements help students understand that gas has mass.
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Ohaus® Triple Beam Balance
Superior magnetic damping provides stable results three times faster.
Ohaus® Scout™ STX Portable Touchscreen Balance
Includes dynamic weighing mode for accurate readouts on live organisms.
Ohaus® Navigator™ Portable Balances
Perfect for general weighing applications in laboratory, industrial and education settings.
Ohaus® Triple Beam Virtual Lab Bundle
Comprehensive software program is an ideal add-on for your balances and for virtual learning.