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Confetti Launcher

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In this hands-on STEM activity, patrons Invent a device that launches a spoonful of confetti into the air. The bigger the cloud, the better!

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Hints for uses in your library Dos and don’ts:
• Avoid using balloons—In our testing, some kids couldn’t resist popping the balloons to scare their friends. Others just filled balloons with confetti and said they were done. Also, balloons aren’t good launchers. The confetti only comes out when you point the balloon’s opening down. And then the confetti falls to the floor without making much of a cloud.
• Avoid metallic confetti—This shiny material sticks to everything. Use paper confetti, instead, to make cleanup easy.
• One teaspoon of confetti per launch is plenty—It produces a satisfying burst but not an unmanageable mess.
• Define a testing zone—Have kids launch confetti only when standing on the “X” in the middle of the tarp, even if it means waiting in line. Our tarp was 10x14 feet. A big tarp and clear ground rules will facilitate cleanup.
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Confetti Launcher

Confetti Launcher

In this hands-on STEM activity, patrons Invent a device that launches a spoonful of confetti into the air. The bigger the cloud, the better!