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Soda Geyser


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Soda Geyser

In this quick activity (page 1 of PDF), learners will use the ever-popular soda geyser experiment to test the reactivity of the various sugar candies or mints. The goal is to set off the highest blast of soda, hopefully leading to discussion of related topics, such as reactivity, propulsion and more. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV: Lift Off!

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 20-ounce bottle of soda (not sugar-free, but something with lots of syrup content)
  • sugar candies or mints, a handful

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
      • Energy and Power
      • Work and Machines
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
    • Motion and Forces
      • Acceleration
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking
  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group
    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • DragonflyTV

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2005

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 436260

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