Showing posts with label Independence Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Independence Day. Show all posts

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Short Lessons on the Science of Fireworks

Independence Day here in the United States is ten days away. Nothing says, "Happy Fourth of July" like a fireworks display. Watching Fourth of July fireworks displays is a quintessential part of the American experience in the summer. This year my daughters are just about old enough to stay up late enough to watch the fireworks with me, we're at least going to try.

If your kids are old enough to watch a fireworks display, they might have questions about how fireworks work. I know that my oldest daughter will definitely be curious about how they work. To refresh my memory I'm rewatching the following videos from NPR's SkunkBear, National Geographic, and Reactions to learn about the science of fireworks.





Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Crash Course on Independence Day

Tomorrow, July 4th, is Independence Day in the U.S.  In the video below John Green offers a short overview of the history of Independence Day and the ways in which Americans have celebrated the holiday since 1776.


As always, Green includes plenty of sarcastic comments throughout the video so if your students have trouble recognizing sarcasm then this won't be an appropriate video for them.

The Chemistry of Fireworks

Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States. Cities and towns all over the country will feature fireworks displays to celebrate the day. I'm sure that many of you will be enjoying a fireworks display tomorrow. (My kids are too young and my dogs too are too skittish to enjoy fireworks). If after watching a fireworks display, you or your children wonder how the fireworks actually work, take a look at the following videos from NPR's SkunkBear, National Geographic, and Reactions.






Monday, June 30, 2014

Videos - How Fireworks Work

This coming Friday the United States will celebrate Independence Day. Cities and towns all over the country will feature fireworks displays to celebrate the day. I'm sure that many of you will be enjoying a fireworks display (I will be at home keeping my dogs calm because they hate fireworks). If you or your children are wondering how the fireworks actually work, take a look at the following videos from National Geographic and Discovery News.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

How Fireworks Work - Video

Happy Independence Day to all of my fellow Americans. Probably many of you will be enjoying fireworks displays this evening. If you or or children are wondering how the fireworks actually work, National Geographic has a short video for you. In I Didn't Know That - Fireworks we learn how fireworks get their shapes and colors. The video is embedded below.


Don't try this at home.

Happy 4th of July!