In this activity, students will create their own bouncy balls. Two types of balls will be created, one using latex and the other using cornstarch, borax and white glue. In both of these methods, a polymer (a chain of repeated units) is created and molded into a ball shape. Although both balls look similar, they have different physical properties, which students will observe while testing which type of ball bounces better.

Blueprint Stats:

Cost: cost
Field: Chemistry
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Level: 7-8 & 9-12
Mess Factor: mess