Diet Coke & Mentos Eruptions
The End of Year Science Inquiry Project

Background Research

These are just a few of the MANY resources online with great information relevant to this project. Any additional research you do is up to to you.

EepyBird Guys
Great website with lots of information on WHY it works as well as numerous cool videos.

"Mentos & Diet Coke" MythBusters Episode Review

Steve Spangler Explanation
Good procedure of how to drop the Mentos into the soda

Diet Coke and Mentos Eruption Wikipedia Site

 

Project Documents

Video Notes
Note-taking sheet for MythBusters video and online research

Mentos Variables
Determine variables involved and choose your top three choices to test

Mentos Eruptions Project Handout
Project overview and experimental design template

Mentos Inquiry Rubric

8 Gold Mentos Eruption Team Competition Entry Form

Student Results

Class G

Class O

Class L

Class D

Project Timeline
(These dates are subject to change!)

Monday
5/23
  • Watch MythBusters video in class
  • Record video notes
  • Determine variables involved that could have an effect on the outcome of this reaction

Homework: Do additional research online.

Tuesday
5/24
  • Get assigned groups
  • Teacher demo of a typical Mentos eruption
  • Plan out investigation (must be approved prior to experimentation)

Homework:

  • Do additional research online
  • Materials must be purchased by Thursday
Wednesday
5/25
  • Watch video from last year

Homework: Purchase materials for tomorrow

Thursday
5/26
Conduct experiment (Experimental plan must be approved before any testing begins.)
Friday
5/27
Conduct experiment
Tuesday
5/31
  • Finish experiment if needed
  • Work on lab report in your group

Homework: Bring laptop tomorrow if you have one

Wednesday
6/1

Finish group presentation on Google Docs

Homework: Post your information on the Google Presentation for your class. Each group must have at least these 3 slides:

  1. All variables (IV, DV, and CVs)
  2. Data table
  3. Graph
Thursday
6/2
Group Presentations

Homework: Interpret data and draw conclusions for other groups. This will be reflected in your lab report and your entry in the team competition.
Friday
6/3
Work on lab report and competition entry form.

Homework: Both your lab report and competition entry form are due Monday during class. If your group does decide to compete, keep your plan top secret!
Monday
6/6
8 Gold Mentos Eruption Team Competition!
(Team Time)