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Air Cannon

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    Children's Museum Of Houston

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Air Cannon

In this activity, learners create air cannons out of everyday materials. Learners use their air cannons to investigate air as a force and air pressure. The activity page includes a fun how-to video for learners and educators.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • box cutter
  • plastic shower curtain liner
  • scissors
  • tape
  • string
  • permanent marker
  • bungee cord that is big enough to wrap around the top of your bucket


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Toys


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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