Hooked On Science – Launch a Canister Into the Sky

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• ALWAYS have an adult present.
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• Film Canister
• Alka-Seltzer
• Water

STEP 1: Fill the film canister half of the way with water. Describe and classify the water by its observable properties.
STEP 2: Place an Alka-Seltzer tablet into the film canister, snap on the lid, quickly flip the film canister upside down, and observe. Describe and classify the Alka-Seltzer tablet by its observable properties. Does adding water to the Alka-Seltzer tablet result in a new substance?

When the water and Alka-Seltzer mix, in the film canister, a chemical reaction happens, creating carbon dioxide gas. The carbon dioxide gas fills the film canister until the lid and canister separate, forcing the film canister into the air.

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