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Breathing Machine

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Materials

You will need the following materials for this activity. 

  • 2 balloons (9-in., round)
  • Pair of scissors
  • Prepared small or medium-sized clear plastic bottle (soft drink, water, or detergent bottle)

Setup

This investigation works best with groups of two to four students. Each group may build a single Breathing Machine, or every student may build his/her own. At least one day before beginning this activity, ask each student or group of students to bring a small or medium-sized clear plastic bottle from home (half-liter water or soft drink bottle, or liquid dishwashing detergent bottle). 

NOTE: Liter-sized soft drink bottles are too large for this activity.

Cut off and discard the bottom third of each bottle, leaving about six inches (15 cm) remaining. If the cut edges are sharp or jagged, cover them with clear plastic packaging tape. 


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Numbers: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education