Mini BBQ

High School Physical Science Activities: Mini BBQ

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This activity is a fun way to use regular household goods to create a miniature bbq that actually cooks for real! Show your child the power of resourcefulness; knowing how to build something yourself is empowering and practical. Plus it can be really fun.

What You Need:

  • Tuna can or similar sized can that has the top removed and has been completely cleaned
  • Computer cooling fan cover
  • Single, self-igniting charcoal brickette
  • Lighter
  • Needle nose pliers

What You Do:

  1. Unscrew a cooling fan cover from an old computer or electrical appliance. This will be used as your grill.
  2. Cut a few small notches in the tuna can to secure the cover on top.
  3. Have your child place a single charcoal brickette in the tuna can
  4. Light the self-igniting brickett and place the cover over the can using the pliers. Be careful as the brickett will be very hot.
  5. Try cutting a hot dog in half and place on the grill for supper!

This activity should only be completed outdoors in a safe location with proper supervision.

Detective Constable Jake Friesen is a member of the Forensic Identification Unit with the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service in Ontario, Canada. Jake is highly trained in many disciplines of forensic science.

Updated on Jun 17, 2013
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