Bellagio Fountains of Diet Coke

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The Diet Coke and Mentos experiment has been quite popular with my students this year. If you do not teach junior high science and are unfamiliar with this experiment it involves placing Mentos in a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke. When the Mentos are dropped in, the Diet Coke sprays out of the bottle creating a giant fountain. On EepyBird.com two “scientists” or comedians take this experiment to a new extreme creating their own version of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. The video clip on this website is highly entertaining and a great attention getter for students. The creators of this site plan on videotaping similar experiments and substituting other types of candy and soda for the Diet Coke and Mentos. You can visit their What Else Works? page to see if the scientists have uploaded video clips. What a great use of inquiry-based science! I am certainly planning doing something similar with my students at the beginning of next year. The nice thing about the video clips is that you can have your students conduct a virtual experiment without having to buy all of the soda and cleaning up the giant mess that I am sure results!

Joe

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