Steve Spangler started with the viral MENTOS® and diet soda geyser, then developed the Geyser Tube, and followed that with the award winning Geyser Rocket Car. But now, Steve has combined his favorite soda powered activities into one kit that will allow you to do a dozen different experiments.
The whole process is a blast (literally)! From the time you open the package, you’ll have fun launching different types of soda geysers with the Mentos Geyser Tube and assembling your own Geyser Rocket Car that can travel over 100 feet on a single bottle of soda. Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion and even learn how to mix your own fuel to propel the Geyser Rocket Car. Things that fizz, bubble, pop, zoom, and erupt into giant, messy geysers are the best!
Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
What Does It Teach?
Soda Powered Science is a great visual tool as well as hands-on demonstration of valuable lessons in physics and motion as well as physical reactions. The included experiments and activity guide will also supply young scientists with great ideas for possible science fair experiments. For example, The Mentos Geyser Rocket Car demonstrates Newton’s Third Law of Motion. The Third Law states: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” So when the Mentos geyser erupts out of the 2-liter bottle in one direction (action), the car rockets off in the other direction (reaction)! In addition to the great physics lesson, you’ll also get the same hands-on experience of nucleation sites, pressure, and experimentation that you get from the Deluxe Mentos Geyser Tube.
Science Fair Connection:
Launching a Geyser Tube or Geyser Rocket Car isn’t, by itself, a science fair project. There are some very easy ways to make experimenting with them a great science fair project, though. The key to creating an awesome science fair project is isolating a variable. A variable is a component of the experiment that changes and, hopefully, alters the experiment. Some examples of possible variables include:
- Try different brands or types of soda and measure which launches the car the farthest or the geyser the highest.
- Test different numbers of Mentos to find the number of Mentos that sends the car the farthest or the geyser the highest.
- Find out what soda temperature is best for the Geyser Rocket Car or the Deluxe Geyser Tube
These are just examples of variations that you can try to turn Soda Powered Science into a science fair project. Remember, you have to keep all other factors the same. If you’re testing different brands of soda, make sure the number of Mentos you use is always the same and that the sodas are kept at the same temperature.