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Can Crushers

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Can Crushers

In this activity, learners conduct an experiment by heating an aluminum can filled with water to investigate air pressure. Learners will be amazed at what happens to the can at the end of the experiment. The activity page includes a fun how-to video for learners and educators.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Tablespoon of water
  • Empty aluminum can
  • Stove or hot plate
  • Bowl with cold water
  • Tongs


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Children's Museum of Houston, ©2010

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