In the Hero’s Engine Thermodynamics Demonstration Kit, explore a variety of physical science concepts with the simplest steam engine. A real crowd-pleaser.
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Teach a variety of physical science concepts with the simplest steam engine. Add water to the flask, insert the rubber stopper with exhaust arms, and hang it securely. Then heat the water with a Bunsen burner, and watch the engine spin! Illustrates important physical principles, such as phase changes, pressure, conservation of momentum and Newton’s third law of motion. This demonstration is a real crowd-pleaser. Includes a reproducible student worksheet and complete instructions.
Concepts: Newton’s third law of motion, conservation of energy, phase changes, rocket propulsion, steam engine.
Time Required: 15 minutes
Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Science & Engineering Practices
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Disciplinary Core Ideas
MS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
Stability and change
Energy and matter
MS-PS2-2. Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object
HS-PS3-3. Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.