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Use the Steam-Powered Putt-Putt Boat Chemistry and Physics Demonstration Kit to teach a boatload of science! The boats are great additions to discussions of force, motion and buoyancy. The “putt-putt” sound of the boat mimics a steamboat!

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Teach a boatload of science using this old-fashioned toy steamboat! These boats run exclusively on steam—wonderfully illustrating the conversion of chemical energy into mechanical energy. A small candle is used to heat water in a reservoir. The water boils and high-pressure steam shoots out the tailpipe producing a “putt,” forcing the boat into motion. The continuous “putt-putt” sound of the boat mimics a real steamboat! These boats are great additions to your discussions of force and motion as well as buoyancy. Boats are made from recycled tin cans. Instructions and activities are included with each boat.

Concepts: Phase changes, chemical energy, mechanical energy, force and motion, chemistry of toys.
Time Required: 15 minutes
Materials Provided: Putt putt boat.