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Rock Project #1 (Andy Goswick) 1/24/2018
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Science Projects

Starburst Rock Cycle

Have you ever made a rock collection? Part of the fun is gathering as many different rocks as you can find. But even though rocks come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes, they all fit into one of three categories based on how they were formed. Learn about the rock cycle, the three main types of rocks, and what happens when rocks get so hot that they melt!

What You Need:

  • Starburst candy (assorted colors)
  • Adult’s help
  • Scissors
  • Heat source (like a toaster oven, hot plate, blow dryer, etc.)
  • Tongs
  • Wax paper cut into a 6-8” square
  • Aluminum foil cut into a 8-10” square, or a weighing boat
  • Rock cycle chart

What You Do:

1.  Unwrap four different-colored Starburst candies. Have an adult use the scissors to help you cut each piece of candy into 9-12 pieces.

 

 

2.  Pile up the the pieces and mix them around.

 

3.  Next, rub your palms together back and forth quickly for several seconds. Then pick up the pile of candy and push the pieces together to form a ball. Your ball should look lumpy with the candy pieces visible.

 

4.  Next, have an adult help you use your heat source to soften the lumpy ball of candy. Once it’s slightly heated but not too hot to handle, place it in the middle of your square of wax paper and fold the paper in half over it.

5.  Once candy lump is inside the wax paper, it’s time to apply pressure. Some ideas include rolling it with a rolling pin, placing a pile of heavy books on top of it, stepping on it, or whatever else you can think of! After you’ve mashed it well, remove the candy blob from the wax paper and fold it up. Then put it back in the wax paper and repeat the process of applying pressure, this time trying a new technique, if you want. When you remove the Starburst from the wax paper now, it should be soft and pliable, so you can easily roll it into a ball.

 

6.  If using foil, fold each side up to fashion a dish and place the candy blob inside.

 

7.  Have an adult help you use your heat source to apply enough heat to completely melt the lump of candy. You’ll know you’ve heated it sufficiently when the candy is liquified. (Do not put aluminum in a microwave!).

 

8.  Have an adult use tongs to remove the foil container from the heat source and place it somewhere out of reach to allow it to cool.

9.  Once it’s cool enough to handle, carefully peel the candy from the foil. How is it different from the candy you started with?

 

The three main types of rock (sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous) are distinguished based on how they’re formed. The entire process by which rocks are formed is called the rock cycle, and like a circle, it has no beginning or end.

In this rock cycle project, we simulated the formation of sedimentary rocks by pressing the pieces of Starburst into a lump. We simulated the formation of metamorphic rocks by adding heat and pressure in steps 4 and 5. The final three steps of the project show how igneous rocks are formed.

Since the rock cycle is continuous, do you think you could use your igneous “rock” from the final steps and start the whole project over? Give it a try!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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