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Hero Engine

Author(s): Gregory L. Vogt, EdD

How It Works

1. Empty out an aluminum can with the tab still attached. 

2. Tie a piece of string through the tab of the can. 

3. Use a nail to pierce the bottom of the can and then turn the nail gently towards one side to bend the hole. 

4. Rotate the can ¼ turn and create another hole, turning the nail in the same direction as the previous hole. 

5. Rotate the can another ¼ turn two more times to create four holes total, making sure to bend the nail in the same direction each time. 

6. Submerge the can in a container filled with water to fill up the can. 

7. Lift the can up using the piece of string and observe the number of rotations made by the can.