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Mini Vortex


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    New York Hall of Science

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Mini Vortex

In this activity, learners will build an air cannon out of simple materials you can find around the house. Although air is invisible to the eye, it is not by any means empty space! The cannon demonstrate that air has volume, takes up space and can apply force to solid objects.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Plastic Water or Bottle, 20 oz (cap removed)
  • Scissors
  • Balloon
  • Duct Tape or Electrical Tape
  • Paper Confetti

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
      • Volume and Density

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • Free access

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  • TryScience

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center,

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