Hooked On Science – Levitating Ping Pong Ball

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• ALWAYS have an adult present.
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• Bendable Straw
• Ping Pong Ball

STEP 1: Bend the short end, of the bendable straw, upward.
STEP 2: While blowing through the straw, place the ping pong ball into the stream of air and observe. Provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of the ping pong ball.
STEP 3: Gently blow through the straw and observe. Now, with more force, blow through the straw, and observe. Compare the effects of different strengths of pushes and pulls on the motion of the ping pong ball.

Multiple forces are acting on the ping pong ball. Gravity pulls the ping pong ball toward Earth while your breath pushes the ping ball upward. Where the forces balance, the ping pong ball floats. The fast stream of air, flowing around the aerodynamic ping pong ball, creates a lower pressure, directly around the ball. The higher pressure, surrounding the ball, forces the ball into the stream of air.

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