Grades Suited For:
Any grade—Customized to Grade level

Time Requirements:
45–90 minutes

Equipment Needed:
1 sheet of paper/student
Safety glasses (preferred)
1 aluminum pop can
Meter stick
Table suitable for Bunsen burner use

Space Requirements:
Typical classroom, with space for students to stay at safe distance—Chemistry lab likely an excellent space


To teach about air and some of its physical properties, in such a way as to provide a real feel for what’s happening in an entertaining, thought-provoking, memorable way. Students will experience both the power of air and lack thereof (vacuum) through hands-on demonstrations. Students will be challenged to figure out how the demonstrations work, and may end up being surprised by the answers.

Facilitated by:


Tools Used:

Provided by Facilitator

  • Vacuum Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Latex sheeting
  • Marshmallows
  • Balloons
  • Pop Cans
  • Paper
  • Candles
  • Graduated Cylinder
  • Hot Water Bottle
  • Suction Cup Darts
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Ruler and Newspaper
  • Magdeburg Hemispheres
  • Hovercraft Kits (CDs, balloons)— Appropriate if lab time is available
  • Safety Materials