STEAM Experiments helps students to enhance their critical thinking skills and recognize the intersection of art, science, technology, engineering, and math. Using STEAM education students can take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and can even work through the creative process. They are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
Let’s dive deep into Science STEAM Activity with a fun experiment “Unpoppable Balloon”
How To Stop The Pop Of Balloon With Fire?
You might have seen in several movies where a place or a house catches fire and the crowd throws or splashes water to calm the fire down.
Have you ever thought about it ?
Does water really absorb heat?
Let us check with a fun experiment.
ALL YOU NEED IS :
Materials List :
- Balloons (2)
- Funnel (optional)
Most importantly, an adult supervision
STEAM Experiment Lesson Objectives:
✓ Children will understand that how water helps to absorb fire.
“What happens when you hold an air-filled balloon over a candle flame, followed by a water-filled balloon?”
Predict your answer in your mind.
PROCEDURE OF STEAM EXPERIMENT “HOW NOT TO POP UP BALLOON WITH FIRE” :
- Step 1 :
Gather your materials.
Step 2 :
Light a candle.
You may need a grownup to assist you.
- Step 3:
Blow up a balloon with air and tie it off.
WATCH OUT – The next step could get loud
- Step 4:
Hold the balloon about 2 inches above the flame of the candle for about 5 seconds.
The balloon will pop.
- Step 5:
Now pour some water into the second balloon.
It does not need a lot of water to be filled – just enough to create a little pool of water at the bottom of your balloon, when you blow it up!
Blow up the balloon and tie it off.
- Step 6: (to be done in adult supervision)
Hold the balloon about 2 inches above the flame of the candle, making sure that the pool of water in the balloon is directly above the flame.
What will happen?
The Science Behind How To Stop The Pop Of Balloon With Fire :
The balloon with air popped fairly quickly but the balloon with water did not.
When rubber things get hot, they get weak. If a balloon gets close to a heat source, like a candle, the rubber that is closest to the heat will weaken.
POP ! It breaks and the balloon explodes
There is a way to prevent this king of popping, though. You need something that can absorb the heat from the candle instead of letting it go to the rubber. The best thing for this is the plain, everyday water.
Water takes up heat more easily than a rubber does, and it can hold a lot of heat without its temperature increasing too much. Water can steal the heat right out of the rubber to keep it from weakening and melting. So with a bit of water inside you can keep a hot balloon from popping.
Conclusion of STEAM Experiment :
The water in the balloon absorbs the heat given from the lit candle, so the balloon does not burn and then pop. Air cannot absorb the heat, so the rubber of the balloon itself literally takes the heat, and the balloon pops.
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