Diet Coke or Diet 7UP Plus Mentos = Volcanic Success
My daughter’s “Letter of the Week” is “V” in class right now, and so I’m going to do the show-stopper experiment with her to make a volcano in our driveway. If you’ve never seen this before, you’ll proabably drop everything you’re doing and run out to the store and buy some Mentos and Diet Soda right after watching. Even David Letterman is doing it — Watch!
There are various explanations for why this eruption happens, but the kids just accept that it happens and want to do it again and again and again…The trick is to create a tube of paper the same size as the mouth of the soda bottle, load it up with the entire package of mentos, and then drop it into the soda bottle all at once. There’s a $5 test-tube-like device that was created specifically for this that’s available in some “educational toy stores” that makes it a whole lot easier and fun.
ESSISTME.COM MENTOS + DIET COKE VOLCANO TIP: Freeze the box or roll of Mentos before you do this. The reaction will be faster = higher eruption spurt.
Here’s a printable PDF document with the exact dimensions you need to make the perfect mentos loading tube.
Here’s to your Volcanic Success during “Letter V week”!
To help you get started, here’s a link for a free bottle of Diet 7UP. You’ll have to find your own Mentos!