Candy Container Popper Science Experiment
In this fun and easy science experiment, we’re going to use a chemical reaction to make a candy container popper that goes off with a real “bang”!
- Plastic M&M’s Minis candy container
- Alka-Seltzer tablet
- Use the scissors to cut the plastic hinge on the candy container lid.
- The lid should be separate from the container.
- Break any Alka-Seltzer tablet into fragments and put at least half of the fragments into the container.
- Fill the container three quarters of the way full with water and quickly snap on the lid.
- Set the container on the ground upside down on its lid and step back.
- Wait and watch your rocket launch.
How it Works:
Alka-Seltzer contains citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). The water allows the citric acid and sodium bicarbonate to mix and an endothermic chemical reaction occurs. This reaction releases carbon dioxide gas. The carbon dioxide gas builds up pressure in the candy container until it pops!
Make This A Science Project:
Try different amounts of Alka-Seltzer. Try different amounts of water. Try different temperatures of water.