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Fountain Connection NGSS

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The modern version of Hero of Alexandria's fountain.

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Connected to two clear 2-liter soda bottles, a fountain erupts every time the bottles are turned over. This is the modern version of Hero of Alexandria's 2,000-year-old fountain. Comes with explanation. A proven winner on your Science Table and as amazing as the familiar "tornado in a bottle". Two 2-liter soda bottles required. Colors may vary.

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Hero's Fountain Connection
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How did humans create water fountains before water pumps were available. Hero's construction was one model that was incorporated for a long, long time. It merely works off of air pressure and a continuous flow of water to keep it going. The water goes into a closed chamber causing the air to be compressed, which, in turn, forces the water up a second tube and sprays as it exits the tube. In this closed system, the water flow is not continuous so the bottles must be inverted from time to time. This a great "toy" to demonstrate the compress-ability of gases vs. the non-compress-ability of liquids; and how pressure of a gas increases when compressed. Merely connecting two 2-L bottles with this connector that is modified to hold two tubes and having water in the system creates a fountain of water when inverted is amazing to watch. Even my students at Duke love to turn it over and watch the results. Interestingly, often my students are unable to explain what is happening and the science behind it. I do think either the tubes should be longer so they would create more of a spray or attachments to the ends to spray the water would have a greater effect along as the water could easily enter/exit the tubes. I still it is a device that creates inquisitiveness of the audience as they attempt to figure out the science behind Hero's fountain.
Kenneth Lyle

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bottle fountain
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I've had one of these fountains in my play room for several years. It is the go to toy for my grandchilden. They asked if they could have their own at home, so I ordered two more. Now, they are delightedly showing their fountains to all of their friends. Such a simple demonstration, but endlessly fascinating. One note of caution, be sure to remove the remaining ring that was initially attached to the bottle cap. If you leave it on, the fountain will leak.
Judith Ellis

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Awesome!
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This is a really cool experiment. Easy to set up and fun to use.
Diana

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Fountain Connection
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Really cool experiment and very easy to setup.
Diana

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Good intro to air pressure
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It's a nice fountain, but not as powerful as I had hoped it would be (or had seen online)
Jedon

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NGSS

This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as shown in the table below.

Elementary Middle School High School

K-ESS3-2
3-ESS3-1

Students can use this tool to obtain information about severe weather.

MS-ESS2-5

Students can better understand how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions, when using the bottle connections as an investigation of tornados.

HS-S&E

Develop and use models to predict and show relationships among variables between systems and their components in the natural world.

Suggested Science Idea(s)

K-ESS3-1
K-ESS3-3

Demonstrate the actions that take place during a tornado. Questions and conversations regarding weather forecasting to prepare for and respond to severe weather.

MS-ESS2-5

Make data collection relevant by allowing students to conduct investigations creating their own vortex weather chambers.

 

* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.

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