Saturday, April 21, 2018


Making science with pop bottles
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Author Lynne Brunelle demonstrates a pop bottle experiment, one of 79 in her book called, "Pop Bottle Science." (MPR Photo/Greta Cunningham)

St. Paul, Minn. — Sometimes it's hard to get children excited about science. Some kids don't think it's interesting, and some might think it's too hard.

Author Lynne Brunelle has a new book, "Pop Bottle Science," which makes science more accessible for kids. Her book contains 79 experiments for young scientists. Each experiment begins with a challenge, and ends with an explanation of the scientific principles involved.

With just a simple plastic pop bottle and a few common household ingredients, kids can design a volcano and watch it erupt. They can create a tornado-maker and see how twisters work. They can also turn the bottle into a walkie-talkie, a trombone or a lava lamp.

Lynne Brunelle joined MPR's Greta Cunningham outside on the MPR fourth floor patio, to conduct one of the experiments in her book -- the cork rocket experiment.

To listen to their interview, choose the audio link in the right column.