Friday, November 13, 2009

Week 12, Day 4(short week): Steam Engine Lab

We took the Ch 2 vocab quiz and Did the STEAM ENGINE LAB.(3rd law lab).

Today's Best Practice: Ask kids to bring in supplies. The past two weeks I have been receiving aluminum cans. They will bring you almost anything you need, especially if their parents find out. I give a small amount of extra credit for the items they bring. I also make sure that the list is wide and easy to bring for those low social economic families. GO to the very bottom of my home page for a copy of my supply list.

We make an ACTION-REACTION steam engine out of an aluminum can, small Styrofoam cup, masking and duct tape, a sewing pin and a 1.5 cm square aluminum square cut out of a soda can and with a hole poked in the middle.


The kids love this lab. They are half afraid of the Bunsen Burners and TOTALLY AMAZED WITH THE LABORATORY FLINT'd think I was walking around with a real light saber.

The can gets spinning so fast (if made well) that you cannot read any writing on the can.

For the Lab work sheet you can go to my website, then TEACHERS , THEN FUN WITH FORCE AND MOTION AND THEN HERO'S ENGINE

Attention: the burner bust be set to about a 1.5 to 2 inch flame. IF you make the flame too big it will heat the can too quickly and either pop the top or melt the cup.

Hope this helps,

Love to Teach and Teach with Passion

Remember...It's not Magic, It's Science

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