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Ping Pong Fission: High School class demonstrates power of the atom with ping pong balls and mousetraps

4:07 PM, Mar 23, 2011   |    comments
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(CBS) -- Entertaining and educating?  A video on YouTube shows how a nuclear chain fission reaction  occurs using -- wait for it -- ping pong balls and rat traps!  Watch the video below (the actual reaction begins around 1:48 in).

The experiment was conducted for an AP Chemistry Class at the Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School (HSA). It was done in conjunction with the school's video club (double-education WIN!) and used around 300 mousetraps and 600 ping pong balls in the culminating experiment to show the reaction.

Check it out!

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