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Issue #34 – M&M Tube Rockets

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 empty M&M’s minis tube safety goggles
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • water
  • 1 Alka-Seltzer tablet

WHAT TO DO:

Be sure to try this experiment outdoors wearing safety goggles. You can decorate your M&M minis tube and squeeze below cap like rockets.

Using the water and seltzer tablet and squeeze below cap:

  1. Put on those safety goggles and head outside.
  2. Break the seltzer tablet in 1/8 pieces.
  3. Open the lid from the squeeze below cap and put a teaspoon (5 ml) of water into the tube.
  4. Do the next two steps quickly.
  5. Drop your tablet piece into the tube and snap the cap on tightly (make sure it’s tightly snapped.)
  6. Quickly place the tube on a flat surface (cap side down) and step back at least 2 meters.
  7. In a moment your rocket will POP and launch up in the air.

WHAT HAPPENS?

The vinegar and the baking soda will have a chemical reaction making carbon dioxide (the air we breathe out) and as the carbon dioxide is being released, it puts a whole lot of pressure inside the tube which causes it to blast off, and the Alka-Seltzer tablet will dissolve in the water creating carbon dioxide.

Using the vinegar and baking soda and M&M’s minis tube:

  1. Put on those safety goggles and head outside.
  2. Open lid to tube and fill it with 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
  3. Add a quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda on the inside of the lid.
  4. Do the next two steps quickly.
  5. Attach the lid to the tube on tightly (making sure it’s tightly secured)
  6. Quickly place the tube on a flat surface (cap side down) and step back at least 2 meters.
  7. In a moment your rocket will POP and launch up in the air.

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