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Hooked on Science – Notebook Spring Launcher

hooked science 300KENTUCKY (4/26/14) — You might take notes or sketch in your notebook, but did you know you can turn your notebook into an amazing science experiment?

Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey with Hooked on Science and a kid scientist show us how to create the notebook spring launcher by using a few ingredients from around the house.

INGREDIENTS

  • Plastic Spiral Notebook

  • Dowel Rod

INSTRUCTIONS

  • STEP 1: Remove the paper from the plastic spiral notebook spring.

  • STEP 2: Hold the dowel rod by placing your thumb and index finger at one end of the dowel rod. Slide the plastic spiral notebook spring onto the other end of the dowel rod.

  • STEP 3: Using your other hand, compress the plastic spiral notebook spring against your thumb and index finger. Release the plastic spiral notebook spring and observe.

EXPLANATION

When the plastic spiral notebook spring is compressed, energy is stored. Potential energy is stored energy. When the compressed spring is released, potential energy is changed to kinetic energy, and shoots across the room. Kinetic energy is energy of motion.

Go to www.hookedonscience.org for more experiments that might get you and your family “Hooked on Science.”

Jason Lindsey Hooked on Science

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Posted on 2/2/14
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