Pressure: How Does a Straw Work?

A straw is a simple thing ... with a much more complex explanation. Discover the molecular interactions that create pressure through a video from JFR Science. The resource demonstrates pressure in a variety of ways, then explains how and why it changes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils create their own explanations for the phenomenon, then compare them to the video
  • Explore how scuba divers use partial pressures with activities from PBS Learning Media
Classroom Considerations
  • Make sure learners are familiar with how to measure pressure and the units involved
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The narrator is very engaging and provides clear explanations
  • Examples of common objects and terms help make the content student-friendly
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