Introduction: Pom-Pom Shooter

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Pom-pom shooters are a fun, hands-on activity that can be used to promote authentic discussions during a science lesson.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies.

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To make a pom-pom shooter, you will need:

  • a balloon
  • a disposable, plastic cup
  • scissors
  • pom-poms

Step 2: Cut the End Off of the Plastic Cup.

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**Warning: please be very careful when using the scissors to cut the bottom of the cup. This may create a jagged edge on the end of the cup that may need to be smoothed out.

Step 3: Knot the End of the Balloon.

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Step 4: Cut the End Off of the Balloon.

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Make sure to not cut too much of the balloon off.

Step 5: Stretch the Balloon Over the Drinking Edge of the Cup.

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Be careful not to stretch the balloon over the cut side of the cup, or the balloon may tear.

Step 6: You're Ready to Launch!

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Place the pom-pom inside the shooter. To launch the pom-pom, pull back on the balloon and release.

Comments

Swansong (author)2017-10-31

That could make a neat kids craft if you melt down the sharp edges :)

ademitis (author)Swansong2017-11-05

Yeah, after I took the picture, I trimmed those edges off!

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