Magic Firefighter Easy Science Experiment
In this fun and easy science experiment we are going to use science to create a chemical reaction that we use to seemingly magically extinguish a fire.
Important: An adult’s assistance is required for this experiment as flames and matches are involved.
- Cup, tumbler, or jar that is pint sized or larger
- Baking soda
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Match or lighter
- Tea lights or small candles
- Add about 1/3 cup of vinegar to the cup.
- Have an adult carefully light the tea light or candle.
- Add about 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda to the vinegar.
- Carefully hold the cup at an angle over the flame. Do so in such a way that the vinegar mixture does not pour out.
- Observe what happens to the flame.
How it Works:
When the vinegar and baking soda mix, an endothermic chemical reaction begins. This chemical reaction releases carbon dioxide. Although you can not see it, the carbon dioxide pours out of the cup once tipped. Since fire needs oxygen, the carbon dioxide smothers the flame and puts it out.
Make This A Science Project:
Try using different temperatures of vinegar. Try using different amounts of vinegar and baking soda. Have an adult setup several candles and see which amounts of vinegar and baking soda can be used to extinguish the most flames.