Oobleck? Tryon third graders can tell you all about it

You may not be familiar with oobleck, especially if you haven’t read much Dr. Seuss of late.

Third graders in Jennifer Schweitzer’s third grade at Tryon Elementary can not only offer details as to what exactly oobleck is, they can also make it.

In the 1948 book Bartholomew and the Oobleck, a young boy named Bartholomew Cubbins must save his kingdom from a green goo called oobleck. Tryon third graders created some of the green goo using corn starch and water.

“We have been studying the states of matter such as liquid, solid and gas,” Schweitzer said. “It was a great experience for children to see the states of matter hands-on.”

Class members learned that oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning it can act as a solid or liquid depending on the amount of pressure applied.

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