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Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction

Active Time
30-45 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Elastic potential energy, energy transformation

Introduction

If you enjoy chain reactions and spectacular sights, this activity is for you! Who knew weaving unspectacular tongue depressors could set off a chain reaction of sticks flying in the air? Try it out and see for yourself!

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Tongue depressors, at least 50. If these are not available, large somewhat flexible craft sticks are a good alternative. Avoid the thicker, more rigid popsicle sticks.
  • Hard floor
  • Markers, 4 different colors
  • Glue
  • Optional: video camera
    Materials for the Popsicle stick chain reaction STEM activity

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Active Time
30-45 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Elastic potential energy, energy transformation