You Said It! Air Pressure Product Reviews

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At Educational Innovations, we love all sorts of scientific topics but we’ll admit that air pressure holds a special place in our hearts.  After all, air (and its pressure) is all around us, so why not celebrate this amazing area of science?

Teachers clearly prize our air pressure materials as much as we do—they are among some of our best loved products year after year.  Read on for candid reviews from our customers.

If you have a favorite Educational Innovations product, send us a comment below!  We’d love to share your review with your fellow teachers and science lovers.

Pressure PullersAir Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations Blog

These pressure pullers demonstrate, in an excellent hands-on manner, how much weight the air around us really has. Portable and easy to use, they’re a double hit… you get to use two volunteers *and* get to explain the common misconception of suction vs. pressure. Highly recommended!

—Jerry Hornak of New Preston, CT

 


 

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogBernoulli’s Principle Class Kit

Awesome!  This simple demo is a quite unexpected joy for the students. They are expecting to be able to blow the ball across the room. However, because of Bernoulli’s principle the ball stays right inside the funnel.
     —Tracy of Charleston, SC

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogAtmospheric Mat

Makes a BIG impression!  My students couldn’t get enough of this demo.  Even after they understood that suction wasn’t involved, they still wanted to keep trying it!

      —Lyla R of Los Alamos, TX


Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogDip-er-Do Stunt Planes

No assembly needed; two planes per pack-very reasonably priced. You can use this to introduce Newton’s Laws, aerodynamics, Bernoulli’s Principle, etc. We introduced our lesson using Dip-er Do II, then challenged students to create gliders to compare. A lot of fun – one of the best gliders I’ve seen.
     —Joseph Benvenuto of Stanhope, NJ

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This is a great example of the concept of center of pressure, a distinct point that is different than center of mass. For a body to be stable in a flow the center of pressure must be above the center of mass. In this case, a small displacement will cause the object to return to its previous position in the flow. If the center of pressure is below the center of mass, the opposite happens and the body flips over. The disk will be unstable. This device demonstrates this idea beautifully.
     —Rusty Davis of Watertown, CT

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogHovercraft Class Kit

Excellent workshop materials.  I am very pleased with this purchase. Works great for my workshop that accompanies my science show for elementary schools.
     —Dennis Regling of Piedmont, OH

Air Zooka

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogMoving air without breathing?!  I own a few of those and when kids play with it, they don’t want to share!  At first, when I ask a simple question about air: How can you move air? Everybody says it is impossible since you can’t grab a hold of air, it is all around us… So I let them scratch their brain for a few minutes, and ask them another question:  would you be able to blow a candle from 10 or 15 feet away? At that point, they look at me and think I am crazy. And many discussions start from there. And when I present Air Zooka, everything gets clearer in their mind.
     —Martin Roy of St-Georges, QC Canada

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogMicroscale Vacuum Apparatus

My favorite lab addition of the year! This apparatus for mini vacuum pump experiments is incredible! Instead of watching me operate my big fancy vacuum pump, students themselves can perform air pressure investigations. Observing the effect of pressure changes on a balloon, water, suction cup, and marshmallow chick really helps them identify evidence of invisible forces. You will also uncover and address some of their misconceptions about air pressure. This is definitely the best addition to my lab-based 8th grade Physical Science program!
     —Maureen Horne of Pleasant Hill, CA

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogHover Racer

Great mini project!  This hover racer was fun to put together with my 12 yr-old son. Takes about 30 minutes or so.  It’s amazing to see the speed at which it can travel.

     —Karen Scalf of Mount Olive, NC

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogBernoulli Blaster

This is fun and educational.  A great way to help children understand about air pressure. Took a few tries to find that sweet spot, but trial and error is also a teachable moment.
      — Linda Huntington of Tahlequah, OK

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogMilk Bottle & Egg Demo

Great for demonstration.  Students enjoy trying to determine the “why” and are even more intrigued in getting the egg out so easily.

     —Julie Luehmann of Ishpeming, MI


Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations Blog

Balloon Helicopters

Balloon copters make a great demo of propeller thrust and lift.  Great stuff!
     —Mark A Evans of Crete, IL

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogLil’ Suctioner

Great demo!  These little suctioners are perfect for demonstrating air pressure!  I love the fact that the calculations are printed right on the material so the students can calculate the amount of force it would take to pull the soda can up!  My students love this product.
     —Wade of Glenview, IL

Air Pressure Product Reviews - Educational Innovations BlogPet Tornado

This is a cute tornado demo. It is small and is a one or two person demo – tabletop worthy.  Kids love it.  The tornado doesn’t stay spinning for long. However, I feel like it creates a more dramatic effect than the tornados in the two-liter bottles.
      —Tracy of Charleston, SC

 
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