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Hooray for crazy science experiments caught on video!  Take a look at this video from EepyBird.com that captures what happens when you add Mentos mints to Diet Coke…lots of times.

What's nice about the site is that it also adds some scientific reasoning behind the mayhem.  It's a great way to get students thinking about the "why?" of events that they might not classify as being science-related.  Do you think you could get each of your students to bring in a couple bottles of pop and a pack of Mentos?  No prob.

I wish I was teaching science next year…I think we'd be doing these experiments during week one.  Is it standards based?  Of course!

Standard I.1 Constructing New Scientific Knowledge
All students will ask questions that help them learn about the world; design and conduct investigations using appropriatemethodology and technology; learn from books and othersources of information; communicate their findings using appropriate technology; and reconstruct previously learned knowledge.

from the Michigan Curriculum Framework (pdf) 

It's good, clean science fun! 


2 Responses

  1. I’m a 6th grade science teacher and I had my whole class outside yesterday trying this experiment. While I think the explanation we explored was a little over their heads, it was great to see the kids “reaction” to the explosive results. One of my students brought this to my attention by directing me to http://www.cokementos.com. They have a collection of the best homemade videos and a good section explaining the phenomenon scientifically. I’m not sure if this is the beginning of another scientific revolution, but it’s good to see candy and cola being used in the name of science, rather than in the name of obeisity.

  2. The “reaction” of the kids is what is so awesome…they can’t believe it and want to know why it happens. A lot of critical thinking occurs when they try to come ujp with the answers.

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