the "Julia Child" of kids' hands-on science
Ever taste a stale potato chip? If not, here’s how to make one:
Take a close look at an opened bag of potato chips. It is foil-lined to make it light proof. An unopened bag is very puffy because it is filled with a gas. This puffiness protects the chips from breaking. But the gas in the bag is not air, which is a mixture of about 20% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. It is air without the oxygen, so it’s mostly nitrogen.
You can prove this. Oxygen is needed for fire to burn. If the air around a flame is flooded with nitrogen, the flame goes out. So you can use the gas in a bag of potato chips to put out a candle. Here’s how:
Now go educate some grown-up.
Vicki Cobb’s best known book is Science Experiments You Can Eat. This is the new third revision published in 2016.
Vicki Cobb is a member of iNK's Authors on Call and is available for classroom programs through Field Trip Zoom, a terrific technology that requires only a computer, wifi, and a webcam. Click here to find out more.
MLA 8 Citation
Cobb, Vicki. "How to Extinguish a Fire with a Bag of Potato Chips." Nonfiction Minute, iNK Think Tank, 2 Oct. 2017, www.nonfictionminute.org/the-nonfiction-minute/how-to-extinguish-a-fire-with-a-bag-of-potato-chips.
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