Chromatography Experiments with Markers!

Today’s lesson at Sisters For Science was Chromatography. While we didn’t have the time or materials to do the type of four-hour chromatography experiments that many organic chemists do, the girls were able to participate in a quick lesson in color chromatography using simple ingredients, including:  water, hand sanitizer, and some markers! As Mackenzie and some of the other girls already knew, chromatography can be used to separate out the components of a chemical compound. For us, we used chromatography to separate the primary colors that could be found in the markers we used. The girls all enjoyed the experiment and how pretty all of the colors looked on the filter paper!

What colors can you see??

What colors can you see??

Primary colors can be found in other colors! And with chromatography, we can see it!

Primary colors can be found in other colors! And with chromatography, we can see it!

After our experiment, we journaled on the importance of being a woman in science. All of the girls agreed that it wasn’t fair that science was a male dominated field and they thought they were just as interested in science as boys are. Looks like we’ve got some future scientists on our hands! These girls are ready to take on the world!

Oct 14 - 4

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One thought on “Chromatography Experiments with Markers!

  1. Hello! This program seems really grat and I would love to get involved! I am an undergrad student at uchicago, and if there is anyway I could get involved wit sisters4sience, please let me know!

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