Areas of Science Chemistry
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Abstract

Check out this video from former NASA engineer Mark Rober, where he sets out to reclaim his title for the world's largest and tallest elephant toothpaste reaction. In the video, he experiments with different container shapes and sizes to determine which will result in the most spectacular reaction. You can turn this into a science project of your own! How do differently sized or shaped containers affect the foaming reaction? Can you find an optimal container that makes the reaction go the highest? Science Buddies' instructions to perform the basic reaction are available in our Elephant Toothpaste activity; however, to make your reaction go even higher, you might want to use a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to follow all safety precautions listed on the container.

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Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies

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Finio, Ben. "What's the Best Container for Elephant Toothpaste?" Science Buddies, 30 Oct. 2020, https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Chem_p111/chemistry/elephant-toothpaste-container. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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Finio, B. (2020, October 30). What's the Best Container for Elephant Toothpaste? Retrieved from https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Chem_p111/chemistry/elephant-toothpaste-container


Last edit date: 2020-10-30

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