In this week's spotlight: a mechanical engineering experiment and family science activity that takes a scientific look at why a popular carnival game may look easy to win but may, in fact, be really difficult. How does the distribution of mass in the way milk bottles (or plastic bottles of colored water!) are stacked affect how hard or easy it is to knock the bottles over? Put the question to the test with your own home version of a classic carnival game!
- Knock Your Blocks Off: The Mechanics of Carnival Games (full Science Buddies Project Idea)
- Sporty Science: The Mechanics of a Carnival Game (science activity at Scientific American)