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This Spud’s for You

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This Spud’s for You

Use a homemade potato launcher to explore air pressure. This activity includes simple instructions on how to build a homemade propulsion pipe using pipe, a wooden dowel and duct tape. The activity page includes a fun how-to video for learners and educators.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • a piece of pipe
  • a wooden dowel (longer than and just barely smaller in diameter than pipe)
  • duct tape
  • a potato
  • a knife (to cut the potato)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Projectile Motion


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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