Gravity-Defying Water

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In this activity, learners explore gravity and air pressure as they experiment with holding a glass full of water upside down, without spilling it, using a simple piece of cardstock. A step-by-step instruction guide with pictures, an explanation of the science behind the activity, discussion questions, and suggested activity extensions are included.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Water
  • A glass
  • Thick piece of cardstock
  • Plastic tray


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity


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