Crushing Steel Drums with Chemistry

Each year in Chemistry I do a little demo with a soda can where air pressure crushes the can. We also watch a video of it happening and the students always say “ooh, can we do that!!” I tell them, “Sure, if you can bring me a 55-gallon oil drum!”

Well, the past 2 years students took me up on that challenge, and this year it was more exciting. I brought my video camera to school and everything, but totally forgot to hand it to a student to run! Oops. Fortunately a student had pulled out a phone & taped the important part. Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure.


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