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"Can" You Stand the Pressure


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"Can" You Stand the Pressure

In this activity about states of matter, learners get to witness firsthand the awesome power of air pressure. They watch as an ordinary soda can is crushed by invisible forces. This activity is only to be done with adult supervision, as it involves very hot water.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 1 undamaged, pre-rinsed, empty soda can
  • Large bowl of cool tap water
  • Heat Source (Stove and Frying Pan or Hot Plate)
  • Pot holder
  • Oven mitts

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Changes of Phase

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • All Rights Reserved, COSI Columbus, ©2009

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