Hooked On Science – Santa Drop

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• ALWAYS have an adult present.
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INGREDIENTS
• Tall Transparent Drinking Glass
• Santa Ornament
• Pie Pan
• Toilet Paper Tube

INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1: Place the pie pan on top of the tall transparent drinking glass. Make sure the pie pan is in the center of the tall transparent drinking glass.
STEP 2: Stand the toilet paper tube in the center of the pie pan.
STEP 3: Place the Santa ornament on the toilet paper tube.
STEP 4: Gently hit the pie pan, so the pie pan and toilet paper tube fly out of the way and observe. What happens? Why?
STEP 5: Place the pie pan on top of the tall transparent drinking glass. Make sure the pie pan is in the center of the tall transparent drinking glass.
STEP 6: Stand the toilet paper tube in the center of the pie pan.
STEP 7: Place the Santa ornament on the toilet paper tube.
STEP 8: Hit the pie pan with a greater force, so the pie pan and toilet paper tube fly out of the way and observe. What happens? Why? Compare the effects of gently hitting the pie pan versus hitting the pie pan with a greater force on the motion of the Santa ornament. Provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of the Santa ornament.

EXPLANATION
When hit with enough force, the Santa ornament falls into the glass. As the pie pan and toilet paper tube fly in one direction, the Santa ornament resists the change, and gravity pulls the Santa ornament into the tall transparent drinking glass.

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