Rivers of Ice with the Glacier Goo (Grades 5-8)

June 24, 2020
DESCRIPTION: In this demo, Laurel will help you explore how glaciers flow in your home kitchen! While they may look like solid blocks of ice up close, glaciers are so heavy that gravity causes the ice that makes up glaciers to ooze, like honey. Together, you’ll cook up some goo* and get a feeling for how glaciers actually move.

*To make and experiment with your own glacier goo (which is not mandatory, but suggested), here’s what you’ll need:

Part 1:

1 20 oz cup

1 stirring stick

3/4 cup warm water

1 cup Elmers white glue

Part 2:

1 8 oz cup

1/2 cup warm water

1 stirring stick (for the 8 oz cup)

2 tsp. Borax powder

1 qt plastic zip lock bag

Presenters: Laurel Zaima, Education Program Assistant, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory


1. Polar Education - A one stop shop for all curriculum and activities related to glacier goo.

2. How to Make Glacier Goo - Watch this video and make your own glacier goo!

3. Bergy Bits Activity Packet - Try these experiments at home to learn about glacier physics!

4. Basic Facts of Glaciers - Get to know glaciers really well.

5. Let's Talk Careers! - Learn about the STEM careers involved in the IcePod project.