Make A Marshmallow Popper Candy Science Experiment
In this fun and easy candy science experiment, we’re going to explore and investigate elasticity and energy by making a marshmallow popper.
- Disposable Plastic Cups
- Mini Marshmallows
- With adult supervision and assistance, cut the bottom off of one of the plastic cups.
- Cut the top of the balloon off, stretch it out across the bottom part of the cup, and tie a knot in the opposite end of the balloon.
- Wrap tape around the cut edges of the balloon, holding it securely to the side of the cup. This makes the marshmallow shooter more durable, and helps to prevent the balloon from snapping off while being utilized.
- Now get hold of some mini marshmallows, put one in the cup, aim, and start shooting by pulling back on the knotted end of the balloon and releasing.
How it Works:
The elasticity or stretchiness of the balloon converts potential energy (stored) into kinetic energy (motion). The kinetic energy is transferred to the marshmallow by launching it through the air.
Make This A Science Project:
Use larger balloons. Test other elastic materials like medical gloves. Use different sized and lengths of tubes.