Pneumatic Trough

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In this activity, learners build a "pneumatic trough," a laboratory apparatus used for collecting pure gas samples over water. After building this device, learners can put it to use and collect oxygen as described in the related resource, "Collect Oxygen Over Water."

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 14 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • computer and printer
  • drill
  • drill bit, 1/4"
  • file
  • nibbler tool Jameco 18810
  • rubbing alcohol
  • ruler
  • aluminum sheet
  • ice bin
  • printed paper
  • tall jar with lid, olive jar works well
  • water
  • calipers (for measuring internal diameter of jar lid)


  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Circles
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Ragan, Sean Michael


  • All rights reserved, Make Projects, 2011