Creating a mini baking soda rocket can be a fun and educational experiment. Here's a simple guide to making one:
Materials you will need:
- A film canister with a tight-fitting lid
- Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- Tissue or toilet paper
- Safety goggles (optional but recommended for eye protection)
- Put on your safety goggles to protect your eyes.
- Fill the film canister about one-third full with vinegar.
- Tear a small piece of tissue or toilet paper and place about one teaspoon of baking soda in the center of it.
- Carefully place the tissue with the baking soda into the film canister, making sure the baking soda doesn't fall into the vinegar just yet.
- Quickly and tightly seal the lid of the film canister.
- Place the canister on a flat surface with the lid facing down.
- Step back and get ready for the launch.
- Stand clear and wait for a few moments as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda.
- The pressure from the chemical reaction builds up inside the canister until it eventually overcomes the lid's resistance, causing the lid to pop off and the gas to escape with a mini "rocket" effect.
Important safety precautions:
- Always wear safety goggles or protective eyewear when conducting experiments.
- Perform the experiment in a well-ventilated area.
- Ensure that you and others are a safe distance away from the canister during the launch.
- Do not aim the rocket at anyone or anything fragile.
Remember, this experiment should be conducted under adult supervision and in a safe environment. It's always a good idea to review safety guidelines and take necessary precautions before conducting any scientific experiment. Have fun and enjoy exploring the world of science!