6th Graders Experiment with DHMO to Learn Lab Safety

The sixth graders are wrapping up their unit on scientific inquiry by designing and conducting their own experiment! After reading an article about a chemical called Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO), they created an experiment to answer the question, “Is DHMO a toxic substance?”. Dihydrogen Monoxide is a colorless, odorless chemical compound. They built their background knowledge by reading articles about the potential dangers of DHMO, formed a hypothesis, wrote clear lab procedures, and learned about lab safety protocols. DSC_1307After pouring DHMO into pots of seeds (as well as creating a control group), they are now monitoring the height of the plants to see if the DHMO hindered their growth. The sixth grade scientists are off to a great start to the school year, and we are looking forward to doing more experiments!DSC_1312