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Activity

Adding Mentos to Soda

Explore which type of soda will cause the biggest explosion with Mentos with this hands-on science experiment for students who are blind or visually impaired.

This science project was done by Jose, who is a student at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI).


Question

Which soda will cause the biggest explosion when mentos is added?   I will test Diet Pepsi, Sam’s Choice, Pepsi, Sprite, and Coke.

Hypothesis

My hypothesis is that the Diet Pepsi will explode the most.

Mentos candy
Mentos candy

Materials

Procedure

  1. Find a big lawn.
  2. Unroll the package of Mentos.
  3. Using the tool, place 2 Mentos into the tube of the tool.
  4. Take the soda in your left hand with your right hand slowly twist the cap of the soda so that most of the gas will stay in the bottle.
  5. Empty the Mentos into the Coke.
  6. Repeat this procedure for each type of soda.
  7. Measure how much soda remains in the bottle.
  8. Analyze the data:  the more soda left in the bottle, the less the explosion.

Data

Remaining liquid:

Liquid exploded:

Results  

The Diet Pepsi exploded the most.

Conclusion

My hypothesis was correct because the Diet Pepsi exploded the most.

Variations

I considered comparing different types of candies instead of different types of sodas.

NGSS Standards:

By Laura Hospitál

Collage of soda-mentos explosion

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