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Have you ever seen a tea bag fly?

Sarah Spivey and David Sears conduct a tea bag experiment with students

Have you ever seen a tea bag fly?

STEM Academy sixth graders at Nimitz Middle School helped KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey conduct an experiment live on the air this morning. Spivey and anchor/reporter David Sears walked Cheryl Hernandez’s science class through the process live on KSAT before students gave it a try. 

First, Spivey and the sixth graders talked about a possible hypothesis. Next, they took a tea bag, opened it with scissors and emptied the contents into a pie tin. Next, they converted the tea bag into a cone and placed it over the tea inside the tin. Then, they lit it on fire and watched wide-eyed as the tea bag burned and rose high in the air to become floating ash. 

By the end, the students were well-versed in the physics of convection thanks to this hands-on experiment.  

Thanks for stopping by STEM at Nimitz, Sarah! Click here to watch the full KSAT video. 

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Sarah and Davis take a picture with STEM Staff

Posted by Lila Stanley
Posted on 9-28-22