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This experiment enables you to build a simple steam engine to demonstrate the power of steam to move something. It is an ideal science class or at-home science learning exercise. Always be sure to take precautions around steam, as it burns.
- Get a tea kettle and add some water.
- Mount a pinwheel on the mouth of the kettle so that the steam blows onto it.
- You may have to make metal blades for the pinwheel, if it has paper or plastic blades. If so, cut the new blade unit out of a soda can with scissors, and bend he blades to shape.
- Put the kettle with the attached pinwheel on fire or heat. Bring it to boil.
- Watch the blade spin around. Record what you see as part of your experiment.
- If you have a camera, it can be helpful to record this happening as part of your project presentation.
- Don't burn yourself! Live steam is invisible, and very hot.
- The edges of a cut soda can are sharp, and can cut you; be careful when handling.
Things You'll Need
- Fire extinguisher or fire blanket in case it catches on fire
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