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Fireworks!

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

Name That Shell
Familiarize yourself with the names of 18 popular firework varieties and then test your newfound knowledge by watching six video clips, each containing examples of several varieties of firework, and writing down which you think each is before checking the answers. (QuickTime plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Anatomy of a Firework
Learn about what makes a firework work, including the break, fuses, stars, black powder, and lift charge. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Pyrotechnically Speaking
Read about how fireworks have changed in the past three decades, what the next innovations will be, the chemistry of making colors, and more in this interview with pyrotechnics expert Dr. John Conkling. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

On Fire (Hot Science)
Explore the basics of combustion, including how a fire ignites, how a molecule's atoms rearrange themselves during combustion, and what a flame is made of in this online activity. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 9-12)

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Fireworks!
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