KENTUCKY (12/18/2017) Have you ever wondered how Santa gets down the chimney? If so, our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us the science behind the trick.

INGREDIENTS

  • Hardboiled Egg
  • Glass Bottle (Make sure the mouth of the glass bottle is slightly smaller than the egg.)
  • Matches

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Have an adult ignite five matches and immediately place the matches into the glass bottle or chimney.

STEP 2: Quickly place the egg or Santa on the opening of the glass bottle and observe. Describe the egg by its observable properties. Explain how the air inside the glass bottle can be used as a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.

EXPLANATION

The fire inside the glass bottle heats the air inside, causing it to expand, increasing the air pressure. Once the fire goes out, due to the lack of oxygen, the air inside the glass bottle cools and compresses, causing the air pressure inside to decrease. The higher pressure outside of the glass bottle pushes the egg or Santa into the glass bottle or down the chimney.

SCIENCE SAFETY

PLEASE follow these safety precautions when doing any science experiment.

  • ALWAYS have an adult present.
  • ALWAYS wear the correct safety gear while doing any experiment.
  • NEVER eat or drink anything while doing any experiment.
  • REMEMBER experiments may require marbles, small balls, balloons, and other small parts. Those objects could become a CHOKING HAZARD. Adults are to perform those experiments using these objects. Any child can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Keep uninflated or broken balloons away from children.

Jason Lindsey – Hooked on Science

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