Orange Splash Kitchen Science Experiment
In this fun and easy kitchen science experiment, we’re going to investigate gravity by making an orange splash.
- Aluminum pie pan
- Cardboard paper towel tube
- Fill the pitcher halfway with water.
- Place the pie pan over the mouth of the bottle.
- Stand the cardboard tube on end on the pie pan.
- Carefully balance the orange on the end of the cardboard tube so it is positioned over the mouth of the pitcher.
- Quickly pull the pie pan away and observe what happens.
How it Works:
Sir Isaac Newton’s and his First Law of Motion states that since the orange as it sits atop the cardboard tube is not moving, then it simply will not move. As the pie pan is quickly pulled away, the lip of the pie pan knocks the cardboard tube out of the way. For a very brief nanosecond, the orange does not move until gravity takes over. The orange then drops and does not want to stop until the pitcher of water gets in the orange’s way and stops its fall.
Make This A Science Project:
Try an egg. Try an apple. Try setting the orange up higher on longer tubes.