Glow sticks are incredibly popular for their simplicity yet versatility – birthday parties, evening outdoor activities, Halloween science and so much more. They are sold at many events and are found in stores everywhere.But you can also make art with them.
Glow sticks aren’t already glowing in the pack when you buy them. You have to snap the plastic outer tube, which has a small glass tube inside containing a bunch of chemicals. When these chemicals are released, they react with the hydrogen peroxide and dye in the outer tube, making them glow.
This project introduces the idea of chemical reactions while showing off the art and beauty than can come from complex chemistry.
By supersizing the ingredients in a glow-stick, Kevin and a group of students create on of the most gorgeous pieces of art we’ve ever seen.