Pop a Balloon Inside a Balloon – Hooked On Science

Have you ever popped a balloon inside a balloon? If not, our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how by using the power of the sun.

Have you ever popped a balloon inside a balloon? If not, our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how by using the power of the sun.My science helper, Conner and I have an experiment we want you to try at home, right there in your back yard, like we’re doing. It has to do with these two balloons, take a closer look at them. We inflated a black balloon inside a clear balloon. Here’s the problem though, we’ve got to pop that black balloon, without ever popping the clear balloon. Can it be done? Yes! It has to do with science. What tool could we use to help us do this Conner? A magnifying glass! Yes! This magnifying class will focus the sun’s rays right on that dark, weaken the rubber part of the balloon, and it should pop. Are you ready for me to try it Conner? Yes! Okay, you got to get it on there just right, and there it is. It popped! Look at that. Pretty amazing! You can learn more about this experiment and many others, which might get you and your family “Hooked on Science” by going to hookedonscience.org.

Pop a Balloon Inside a Balloon

INGREDIENTS

  • Magnifying Glass
  • Black Balloon
  • Clear Balloon


INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1:  Push the black balloon inside the clear balloon. Inflate the black balloon. Tie the black balloon.

STEP 2:  Inflate the clear balloon, so the black balloon can move freely inside the clear balloon. Tie the clear balloon.

STEP 3:  Using the magnifying glass, focus the sun’s rays through the clear balloon, to the black balloon, and observe. Describe what happens when you place the clear balloon in the path of the rays of sunlight. Provide evidence that energy was transferred to the black balloon by the rays of sunlight.


EXPLANATION

The black balloon quickly pops. The magnifying glass allows you to concentrate the sun’s rays through the transparent balloon to one spot on the opaque or black balloon, which eventually weakens the rubber, causing the balloon to pop. The black balloon pops while the transparent balloon stays inflated. The black balloon absorbs the sun’s rays causing the balloon to heat up faster. Go to www.hookedonscience.org for more experiments that might get you and your family “Hooked on Science.”

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