Students learn the ol' Mentos in Coke trick

IT was like an episode of MythBusters when Mt Larcom students and their compatriots conducted the famous Coke and Mentos Eruption experiment during Science Day on Wednesday.

Mt Larcom science co-ordinator Mark Sandilands said students from six schools had attended.

"It was full of food and science-related activities," he said.

"The day was all about teaching the students about food science, sustainability and the future of food."

Mt Larcom Year 5-6 teacher Stacey Collins conducted the Mentos and Coke experiment.

"We used room temperature, cold and warm Coke, put Mentos in the bottles, and measured the different heights of the explosions," she said.

Teacher aide Paula Rideout was at Slime Games, where students were required to get something "a bit solid" into a small opening.

"This station is about getting the students to think and learn different techniques of problem solving," she said.

The Milk and Colour station was run by Year 9 students Jordan Gilliand and Kody Seibenhausen.

Kody said the experiment involved soap and milk fats.

"We're aiming to show students how different kinds of milks react," he said.

CHEMICAL CLASS: Mt Larcom science co-ordinator Mark Sandilands with students from schools around the region.
CHEMICAL CLASS: Mt Larcom science co-ordinator Mark Sandilands with students from schools around the region. Andrew Backhouse


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