Popsicle Chain Reaction : Activity for Kids
Popsicle Chain Reaction is a fun experiment where kids can build a huge chain of popsicles and lock it using a specific pattern.
Kids can learn about energy conversion through this experiment and how the pattern holds the chain without any binding element.
Safety First! Adult Supervision Required. Don’t Eat/Drink your Experiments, Wear safety goggles where ever required
Materials and tools required.
Materials Required from the Box
- Paint brush
Video on Youtube for the Experiment
What to Do ! – Instructions
- Place the first two popsicles in a way that it forms an ‘X’.
- Place the third popsicle under the 1st popsicle and 4th one over the 3rd one and under the 2nd
- Place the 5th popsicle over the 4th popsicle and under the one parallel to the 4th Place pressure on the 5th popsicle.
- Place the 6th popsicle over the 5th popsicle and under the one parallel to the 5th
- Place the 7th popsicle over the 6th popsicle and under the one parallel to the 6th
- Continue this pattern to make a longer chain.
Images for Instructions for Popsicle Chain Reaction
Working Principle of Popsicle Chain :
When one popsicle is placed over the second popsicle and under the one parallel to the second popsicle, the entire chain remains secure. It is important to apply pressure on the last popsicle to hold the potential energy. This pattern locks the entire chain.
Once the chain is formed, potential energy gets accumulated in the popsicles. But as soon as the last popsicle is removed from the chain the popsicles fly off and the potential energy gets converted to kinetic energy.
You can also compete with your friends to see who makes the fastest popsicle chain!
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