Confetti Poppers

July 7, 2020

Let's get this party started with an air propulsion system that you can make.

Jacob Copps gets you started on an open-ended project that lets you control the force of air to send things flying. 

Materials | Supplies

  • toilet paper tube
  • balloon or rubber glove
  • confetti, paper scraps, 
  • tape
  • scissors
  • markers

Concepts Explored

  • potential energy
  • Newton's Law
  • creativity
  • upcycling
  • cause and effect

Discovery Starters

How does the experiment changes when more or less confetti is used? 

Does the size or shape of the balloon produce more or less propulsion? Why?

Can you make your confetti popper fly? How?

What happens when you experiment with other materials? 

Explore Further

This simple experiment follows Issac Newton's 3rd Law of Motion, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. What else in your home follows this law of physics? 

What else can push air? 

Additional Resources

NASA STEMonstrations website Newton's Third Law

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