Steve Spangler Science: Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction

Weave popsicle sticks together to build potential energy before releasing them in a flurry of kinetic energy.

Popsicle sticks are great for holding frozen treats and reading the occasional joke off of, but did you know they’re excellent for demonstrating potential and kinetic energy? It’s true! If you weave popsicle sticks together just right, you can create a chain reaction that will create a dazzling display of flying popsicle sticks!


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Energy (Potential and Kinetic), Physics
K-6
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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