Tornado in a Jar

Posted by Krystal Schoenbauer on

Tornadoes can cause a lot of destruction, but are an interesting force of nature. A tornado is a violent rotating column of air that forms under the right weather conditions. When a tornado forms it creats a vortex which is a spinning, often turbulent flow of air.

Did you know that their is a way to see a tornado without the destruction? We can create our own vortex by swirling the contents of the jar (soap and water plus a little vinegar) to observe the motion of a tornado. This fun activity is a great way to open up a discussion about how tornadoes form and how to stay safe during a tornado. For more information, click here!

Materials:

  • glass or plastic jar with a lid
  • liquid soap
  • vinegar
  • water

 

Instructions

1. Fill a jar almost to the rim with cold water

Tornado 4 water

2. Add a few squire of clear liquid soap to the jar of water. The more the merrier.

Tornado 3 soap

3. Add a tad of vinegar to the jar as well. We added about a capful.

Tornado2vinegar

4. Put the lid back on the jar tightly and then first shake then swirl the jar to form a tornado!

Swirl

Tornado1

 
    subscribe to education email updates food blog link image learning blog link living blog link news and information blog link science and technology blog link sports blog link image

    Fun activities and projects for kids, educational resources for parents and teachers, and links to SDPB and PBS learning media!

    Visit SDPB's Education Site!

    Related content from SDPB Radio

    Searching For Answers To Poverty Through Education

    In The Moment ... June 18, 2018 Show 360 Hour 2 Western Dakota Tech is hosting a poverty simulation on June 21st...

    Proposed Changes to High School Graduation Requirements Up for Public Comment

    Proposed changes to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements are now open for public comment. The total...

    Dyslexia Expert Helps Teachers See Class Through Their Students' Eyes

    Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disability, but teachers may not always be able to recognize it in their...

    Dyslexia Becomes Personal For Sioux Falls Christian Schools Teachers

    Dyslexia is the most common known learning disorder, but specialized resources for both students and teachers is...

    DSU Sees Nearly 300% Increase in Women Majoring in Cyber Sciences

    Computer science has tended to be a male-dominated field, but Dakota State University is seeing a shift in the...