According to ancient myth, Viking warriors who died in battle would be sent off in a longboat to a majestic hall called Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. The boat, holding the dearly departed, would be set ablaze and launched at sea. Recreate this historical fable with your child by creating your own blazing boat that can be set loose on the calm waters of a small pond or lake.
In this experiment, the candles heat the water inside the tube. As water expands when heated, the steam soon seeks an escape route in the form of the small hole. The steam expands quickly and creates a noticeable recoil as it leaves the narrow opening. Your child will be amazed at the speed and power of this miniature mythical replica!
- Elapsed time: 1 hour