ice excavation

Flowers are frozen in ice cubes

ice excavation

ice excavation

april 10

Join Sveta and her daughter, Victoria, on an icy adventure in this week’s STEAMwork nature spotlight. We’re finding, freezing, and then rediscovering nature treasures through excavation—though we could hold on to those flower ice cubes for a bit longer

what you’ll need:

Ice cube tray or freezer safe container

Natural objects (grass, leaves, sticks, rocks, flowers)

Large container for exploration

Tools for excavation (old toothbrush, fork, q-tip)

Warm and cold water


melting + freezing

Freezing-point depression occurs when the typical freezing point of a liquid is lowered by adding another substance to it. The new solution has a lower freezing point than that of the pure solvent. In this experiment, the addition of salt changes the freezing point of liquid water (0 degrees Celsius/32 degrees Fahrenheit), which causes the ice to melt. This is why people put salt on roads and walkways in the winter time. Learn more about how stuff works and the environmental impact when de-icing roads with rock salt.