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This activity, adapted from TOPPS is a fun way to harness the power of electricity to pop a balloon .

This activity, adapted from TOPPS is a fun way to harness the power of electricity to pop a balloon .

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  • 1. Making an Electric Balloon Popper 9th Annual Day of the Teacher Conference March 26, 2011 CSUEB Concord Campus Charles Reynes Elementary Science Specialist Castro Valley, USD
  • 2. Making an Electronic Balloon Popper
    • Materials
    • Safety glasses are necessary
    • A balloon (large for demonstration, small for group work.)
    • #3 steel wool
    • Masking tape
    • Aluminum foil
    This activity came from TOPS Learning Systems, www.topscience.org They are a great resource for cheap science thrills.
  • 3. Making an Electronic Balloon Popper
    • Cut the aluminum foil into two one-inch strips.
  • 4. Making an Electronic Balloon Popper
    • Tape the strips together.
    • Leave a small (2mm) gap between the strips of aluminum foil.
  • 5. Making an Electronic Balloon Popper
    • Connect the strips of aluminum foil with a very thin strand of # 3 steel wool.
    • Hold the strand of steel wool in place until the device is attached to a balloon.
  • 6.
    • Tape the device to the side of a balloon.
    • (Note: the side of a balloon has the greatest tension.)
    Making an Electronic Balloon Popper
  • 7.
    • Connect the aluminum strips to a power source such as a hand crank generator or several D-cells in series.
    • BOOOOOMMM!
    Making an Electronic Balloon Popper
  • 8.
    • Why did the balloon pop?
    • Challenge students to pop two balloons at the same time. (series and parallel circuits)
    • Draw a diagram of the balloon popper.
    • Sequence the process.
    • Compare and contrast the electric balloon popper with a fuse.
    Teaching with an Electronic Balloon Popper