Soda Can Steam Engine

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Steam engines have been around since the late 1600s, yet most pupils don't know how they work. Using an soda can, the instructor builds a simple steam engine for scholars to observe. Through a discussion, young scientists learn about the energy transformation taking place and the conservation of energy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use this quick experiment when studying phase changes, thermochemistry, or technology
Classroom Considerations

  • Follow all safety procedures to avoid scalding
  • Use diet soda for a less messy experiment
Pros

  • Provides multiple extension ideas related to the conservation of energy and energy transformation
  • Demonstrates the movement of steam before water vapor is visible
Cons

  • None
Common Core