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Teaching Materials

We want more students to know about carbon capture and storage! This page provides a selection of do-it-yourself activities that will grab
the attention of children and adults alike, and can be modified for use with a variety of groups.

ALL activities are targeted to 5th-8th grade learner, and are useful for chemistry and earth science focused classes. All activities use easily-available and inexpensive supplies that you can find at any hardware store.

Chemistry of Burning

In this demonstration, we review basic chemistry to realize that producing CO₂ is an inevitable waste product of burning any fossil fuel. 

Imagining Visible CO₂ Gas

Because it is sometimes difficult to imagine the amount of CO₂ in the atmosphere, this demonstration makes it easier to visualize gas as solid carbon.

What is the Greenhouse Gas Effect?

This visual analogy provides a way to think about the atmospheric physics of greenhouse gases in terms of familiar objects.

CO₂ Is a Gas

Because dry ice is frozen CO₂, we can use it to explain the greenhouse gas effect. These experiments use introductory physics and chemistry to examine properties of gases.

Reservoir in a Jar

This model allows people to see how CO₂ could be stored underground in pores in the rock and how it is trapped by reservoir seals.

Find out more about our people and projects at the main Gulf Coast Carbon Center website.

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