Colors, Paints and Dyes
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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
Mix red and yellow food colors to create orange [P]
Investigate whether heat is important for using silk ties to dye eggs. [E]
See ink magically split up into different colors [E]
Do some colors absorb more sunlight than others? [E] [E] [P]
Interdisciplinary Topic: Colors
Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Which color paper makes water in a jar have the highest temperature under a heat lamp? [P]
Determine how different colors of light affect the brightness of a sun-print image. [E]
Make Your Own Markers by Extracting plant pigments. [E]
Use paper chromatography to analyze ink components in permanent black markers. [E]
Test how strongly fiber-reactive dyes color different fabric types. [E]
Which of coffee, beets, spinach, mustard, or blueberries make the best dye. [E]
Coloring Fabrics With Dyes From Plant Materials by Using Chromatography [E]
What color candle burns the fastest? [E]
Determine the properties of various kinds of paints. [E]
Is there any difference between white egg shells and brown? [P]
Interdisciplinary Topic: Colors
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Create Your Own Chemistry Color-analysis Tools [E]
Column Chromatography: Can you Separate the Dyes in Grape Soda Using Space Sand�? [E]
Use UV beads to study a chemical reaction to find out how temperature affects the rate at which UV beads lose their color. [E]
Determine if a viscous spray made with alginate, a natural, biodegradable compound produced in the cell walls of brown algae, is an effective fire-retardant alternative based on its ability to prevent combustion and burning. [E]
Effectiveness of Fire Retardant Paints [E]
Spectroscopic Study of the Kinetics of Decontamination Reactions using New Programmable Colorimeter [E]
Compare different chromatography substrates and solvents to see which combination performs best for separating ink components. [E]
Are the inks of different markers and highlighters mixtures of the same colors (chromatography)? [P]
Find out how well natural dyes color different types of natural fabrics and compare them to commercial dyes. [E]
Effectiveness of Fire Retardant Paints [E]
Can chili pepper be used to create an environmentally friendly alternative to toxic boat bottom paints? [E]
Which light source will cause dyes to fade the most? [E]
Examines how photo printer, paper and the image color printed impacts the fading of photographs when they are exposed to UV light. [E]
Which fire preventing paint, Latex Paint or No-Burn Plus is more efficient in preventing fire? [E]

Determine which of three plant dyes (strawberries, beets, and tomatoes) will make the best red color on fabric. [E]
Deternine how weather affects the colors of sunrises and sunsets. [E]
Determine if all reds contain the same pigments and have the same physical characteristics. [E]
How Does Sodium Carbonate Influence the Process of a Fiber Reactive Dye? [E]
Can Homeland Security Benefit from the Use of Heat and Light Sensitive Inks? [E]
Determine if dyed table napkins are less absorbent than undyed ones. [E]
Destruction of Natural Pigments by the Interaction of UV Light and Oxygen [E]
Determine the optimum pH for dyeing 100% cotton cellulose fabric using fiber reactive dyes. [E]
How Well Do Vegetable and Fruit Dyes Work? [E] [E]
Is wood strength affected by different types of paint? [E] [E]
Research Metamerism (Is Your Blue Really Blue?) [E]
Determine what color of plastic helps water to evaporate more efficiently. [E]
Investigate how various colored surfaces heat up in the sunlight during the day and how they cool at night. [E]
Determine if the ink used in washable markers is different from the ink used in permanent markers
Interdisciplinary Topic: Colors
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
See the Light by Making a Cell Phone Spectrophotometer [E]
Reducing The Flammability of Paint [P]
Preparing composite Materials with using waste tea pomace in order to obviate colour of the water which is the waste of textile colour factory [P]
Make a Colorimeter to Measure the Concentration of Blue Dye in Various Liquids. [E]
Investigate the colors produced when different chemicals are burned. [E]
Make a Colorimeter to Measure the Concentration of Blue Dye in Various Liquids. [E]
How permanent are permanent markers? [P]
Compare the properties of various kinds of paints [E]
An Innovative Method to Reduce VAT Dyes Electrolytically by Avoiding Toxic Sodium Hydrosulfite [E]
Experiment to show how temperature of water affects the dyeing of a piece of fabric [E]
Enhanced color Thin-Layer Chromatography: determining the identity of two substances, or monitoring the progress of a reaction. [E] [E]
The effect of different pH levels on coloring agents in the statis [P]
Pigment Separation in Allium cepa (Red Onions) using Circular Paper Chromatography [E]
Thin-layer chromatography vs. spectroscopy: analysis techniques of color identification in cosmetics [E]
Monitor the progress of a chemical reaction by measuring the amount of colored light absorbed by the solution as the reaction progresses. [E]
Quantifying the effect of tungsten illumination on color rendering of low-pressure sodium [E]
Interdisciplinary Topic: Colors
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