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Santa Claus is coming to town! Families can have the chance to meet St. Nick, plus enjoy a breakfast buffet and have unlimited access to Odyssey Fun World's attractions, including the Roller Coaster, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Exploration Adventure, Laser Tag and the newly updated Gamer's Lounge. One Chicago Parent reader will win a family five-pack to the event, 8 a.m. Dec. 15 in Tinley Park.
In our May demonstration, we went to Washington Jr. High in Naperville to light
matchstick rockets, which work primarily due to Newton's Third Law of Motion, which is, "For
every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction." For
matchstick rockets, that means that as hot gases from the lit match
are forced out in one direction, the matchstick moves in the
It also makes you feel good when they take off a few feet. And
it smells oddly comforting.
We're told this is safe to do in your home. Depending on the age
of your kids, you might want to light the matchsticks, though. And
don't touch the paper clip right after you've launched. It could
still be very hot.
This experiment also uses Bernoulli's Principle. And, of course, at the
most basic level, this is combustion. Click on the links above to learn
more about these physical laws.
We want to thank Washington eighth grade teacher Laura Colón,
and eight grade students Joe Gorski and Charlie Ovens.
Sewing needle or safety pin (with no head at the end)
Safety goggles or glasses
Cut the foil into 2 centimeters by 4 centimeters
Fold the tin foil piece in half
Fold that piece into a triangle
Take a paper matchstick and put the triangle over it (like a
Make sure you see the outline of the match
Fold the foil over so that it makes a flage on the
Wrap the rest of the foil around the match
(Make sure you can still see the match shape)
Stick the needle in the bottom of the foil and push it up to
the head of the match WITHOUT PIERCING THE FOIL
Smush the foil around the needle, then pull the needle out to make
a thrust chamber
Open the clip to look like an alligator's mouth, then open the
bottom so it stands up
Place it on the foil
Put the match, thrust chamber facing up, on the paper clip