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Penny Plop: An Exploration of Surface Tension
Ocean FEST is a program of hands-on, ocean-themed science activities for students in grades 3-6 and/or their families. Its goals are to: (1) educate participants about ocean and earth science issues that are relevant to their communities; and (2) inspire students--especially those from underrepresented groups--to pursue careers in the ocean and earth sciences. This activity explores the concept of surface tension using water droplets on pennies.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lab activity
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information is unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-010-584
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)