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Gravity free water activity

In this STEM activity, pupils will perform an experiment showing how the effects of air pressure can be used to seemingly defy gravity. Pupils will fill a glass with water, place a piece of card over it and turn it upside down, giving the opportunity to discuss how and why the water stays in the glass. This activity could be used as a starter or main activity to introduce the topic of gravity and air pressure, or as a group of several activities within a wider scheme of learning focussing on different types of forces. This activity supports the Year 5 Science curriculum and has been provided by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology). 

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