Quick summary: This classic science experiment demonstrates how atmospheric pressure will push an egg into a bottle.
These Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!
Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Australian Curriculum content description: This activity is relevant to Science Inquiry Skills across all primary year levels of the Australian Curriculum.
Year 1 Science
- Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)
Year 2 Science
- A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033)
Year 3 Science
- A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-12MW, ST1-7PW, ST2-12MW.
Time required: 10 – 15 minutes.
Resources required: Juice bottle, hard boiled egg, small birthday candles.
Safety advice: This activity requires the use of lit candles – depending on student age and ability this activity may be either a student-led experiment or a teacher-led demonstration.
Keywords: Egg, bottle, candle.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.