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Exploding Boomerangs test

This experiment demonstrates the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy. As the popsicle sticks are placed together using pressure, potential energy builds within the boomerang. When the boomerang is thrown and hits its target, that potential energy is converted to kinetic energy, forcing the popsicle sticks to fly apart.

July 10, 2018

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You'll Need:

  • Jumbo colored craft sticks (4 per person)


  1. Place the white stick on top of the blue stick at about a 45-55 degree angle.
  2. Take the yellow stick and place it on the other end of the blue stick with the opposite end resting on the center of the white stick.
  3. Tuck the red stick underneath the blue stick (but still on top of the yellow stick).
  4. Tuck the other end of the red stick under the end of the white stick.


Download and print the instructions for all three experiments.