The sixth graders at the Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens have been busy exploring the topic of volcanoes. They learned that a volcano erupts because of pressure built up inside it from rising gas-filled magma. To better understand and experience this concept, the girls headed outside to engage in a fun simulation activity. Working in groups, the girls added water and Alka-Seltzer tablets to film canisters before closing them tightly and setting them on the ground. They excitedly observed the erupting canisters and shared their hypotheses with one another.

As the caps exploded off from the pressure of the gas that was released within the canisters, the girls’ reactions erupted, too! “Through hands-on activity like this, the girls gained a greater understanding of what happens during a volcanic eruption,” said Mrs. Moeller, the sixth-grade science teacher. “They can’t wait to discover more in the next science activity!”