Fireworks: The Science of Combustion

Discover the science behind fireworks and other combustion reactions.

Barbara Thalhimer Theater
Included with Admission
All Ages
30 minutes
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Fireworks are one of the most popular forms of entertainment, enjoyed by people of all ages around the world. But what exactly are fireworks, and how do they work? Come find out as we examine the science behind fireworks and other combustion reactions during this engaging demonstration. Observe chemistry in action as we perform a variety of fire-based experiments. See fire turn red and green, watch a fireball combust out of lycopodium powder, and more. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the chemical processes of combustion and how it can create such beautiful results.

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