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BOOM! Flying Film Canisters!

Oh, come on now.  What kid doesn’t love things that explode?  When it comes to that – what person of any age doesn’t love things that explode?

Boom!  Those film canisters are better than firecrackers!  (Safer, too!)
Boom! Those film canisters are better than firecrackers!             (Safer, too!)

Everybody knows how much Steve Spangler loves to blow things up, and he can show you and your kids how to have fun with the BOOM safely.  My favorite BOOM is the film canister BOOM.

Spangler Science film canisters!
Spangler Science film               canisters!

Here’s Steve talking about the flying film canisters.  Notice that he’s wearing safety glasses – never blow anything up unless you’re wearing safety glasses – not even LITTLE explosions.  Safety is the first rule in science.

The Spangler Science exploding film canister experiments are easy and super fun.  All you need is a film canister, an Alka-Seltzer tablet, and a little water.  (Don’t forget the safety glasses!)

As you can see in the video above, just put half a tablet in the canister, fill the canister half full of plain water, put the cap on the canister, and stand back.  Even with your safety glasses on, STAND BACK.  The gas will build up inside the sealed-up canister until it blows the lid off with a loud POP.  The only hard part is finding the cap again; sometimes you’ll have to search.  Once you find the cap, you can use the same canister over and over.

As always, whenever you purchase a product or try to recreate an experiment from Steve Spangler Science, you get far more than just an experiment or a product.  You’ll also get all the science behind it, and more than one way to use it.  You’ll have access to videos and all kinds of information, and, unlike most other science websites and businesses, almost everything we offer to you is FREE!  (Well, except for the product, but you don’t have to buy anything to access our videos and science experiment information!)

You can check out all kinds of information about our Flying Film Canisters right here!

Don’t think for a moment that science class is the only place for science, either.  I use Steve Spangler’s Flying Film Canisters in my writing classes, as well as in my science classes.  They’re absolutely perfect for demonstrating how the idea for a good writing topic can pop into your mind when you least expect it.

Flying Film Canisters are perfect for demonstrating how good ideas pop into one's head without warning, sometimes!
Flying Film Canisters are perfect for demonstrating how good ideas pop into one’s head without warning, sometimes!

I put the canister in a cup so the water doesn’t explode into the computers.  But the cap goes flying and the whole thing goes BOOM.

Just as it all ought.

Steve Returns to the Ellen DeGeneres Show for 14th Appearance

What does 3,000 Alka-Seltzer Tablets, 3,000 film canisters and Steve Spangler have in common with the Ellen DeGeneres Show?

Steve demonstrated the explosive power of carbon dioxide when thousands of film canisters rained down on the Ellen set Wednesday. Cameras were covered, Ellen dressed in a rain coat, safety goggles and a hard hat and even Tony had an umbrella for protection. To say Steve blew the roof off of the Ellen Show is saying Mentos and Diet Coke make a small mess.

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