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Build a Volcano  

Below are two experiments or demonstrations designed to help your students make erupting volcanoes in their classroom or science lab. Both activities come with Teachers' Instructions (PDF Documents). Lesson Plans can be found in the Teachers' Guide section.

Some classes have tried to link their homemade volcanoes to e-Mission: Operation Montserrat. They have tried to recreate the topography of the southern part of Montserrat around the Soufriere Hills Volcano in their own models. The eruption could help the students to predict events during their mission.

If you take pictures or video your volcanoes then please feel free to submit any suitable media to the Feedback archives. Your example may be used on this page in the future.

Please email e-mission@spacecentre.co.uk with any comments or suggestions for improvements.

Baking Soda Volcano

The first activity is recommended for Key Stage 2 to 3 and involves the familiar Baking Soda eruption from a Volcano made from home made Play Dough. This is a safe experiment but impressive if done well. The activity will take about 1 hour to do with your class.

Teachers' Instructions - How to make a Baking Soda Volcano


Ammonium Dichromate Volcano

Warning: Must be completed under Supervision of a Science Teacher or Lab Technician familiar with good safety procedures. Please consult your School's Health and Safety Guidelines before attempting this demonstration.

The second activity is recommended for Key Stage 3 to 4 and involves the burning of Ammonium Dichromate. Ammonium Dichromate is a Category 2 carcinogen if inhaled. Part 2 of this demonstration should only be carried out in a fume cupboard by experienced Science Teachers or Technicians.

The activity will take a total of about 1 hour to do with your class but in two separate sessions giving the Plaster time to dry.

Teachers' Instructions - How to make a Ammonium Dichromate Volcano