Eww, the Oobleck


Auburn Engineering recently hosted 60 third graders from the Chambers County accelerated and gifted program. After a tour of the engineering facilities, the students created oobleck, the gooey green substance that falls from the sky in Dr. Seuss’ book Bartholomew and the Oobleck. A mixture of cornstarch, water and green food coloring, oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid, resembling a liquid when poured, but a solid when a force is exerted upon it. “It was really cute,” says Jessica Dewberry, engineering student recruiter. “The students loved the oobleck, and they wanted to take home the recipe.” Undergraduate students from the Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program assisted with the experiment. Just another way kids are learning that engineering is cool.

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