Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction

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Step 1:  Start off with Two Popsicle sticks.  Lay them in an “X” on a flat surface.

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Step 2:  Weave the end of the third popsicle stick underneath the end of the popsicle stick on the bottom of the “X”.  The rest of the third stick should be on top of the top popsicle stick of the “x”.  Make sure to hold them down and don’t let them go.

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Step 3: Repeat step 2 with the fourth popsicle stick. Start under the second popsicle stick and weave over the third. Continue adding sticks until your heart is content.

 

Then let them go……

It looks simple, but it really is not. This was one of the experiments adult Girl Scout leaders did during the Get Moving! Workshop. Some adults had a difficult time doing it. It uses your brain in a different way.

The first time I gave this to the girls, they had a difficult time making it work. Last night, I just gave them the instructions and popsicle sticks again and above is the results. They did an amazing job and I am super proud of them. Try this with your Girl Scout troop. It is a great way to explain different types of energy and how energy is exerted.

Resource: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/