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Candy Lightning: A Flashy Activity

Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Light, static electricity, fluorescence
Pliers are crushing Life Savers mint candy.

Introduction

Did you know that instances of miniature lightning can occur in your mouth when you bite on a hard candy? Would it not be fascinating if you could observe these light flashes? Life Savers® Wint O Green® mints might just be the tool we need to observe this science! Crush them, observe, and detect what makes the flashes visible. How many sparks can you see?

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Life Savers Mints- Wint O Green
  • Sugar Free Life Savers Mints- Wint O Green
  • Life Savers Mints- Spear O Mint® and/or Pep O Mint®
  • Other hard candy (optional)
  • Pliers
  • Dark room
  • Optional: mirror
    Materials needed for the candy lightning science activity.

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Light, static electricity, fluorescence