May 17, 2005

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Clipart of a firework
Start off your lively exploration with How fireworks work and explore from there to:

Tools of the Trade which describes different kinds of fireworks, and
History of Fireworks

Are you curious about how fireworks are set up?
See how professional pyrotechnicians prepare a large firework display.

Visit a Fireworks factory to see how fireworks are made.

How a REALLY BIG fireworks production is made... 

A Round ShellFireworks, NOVA online
"This explosive NOVA presents the colorful history of pyrotechnics and reveals how hi-tech firing systems are transforming public displays into a dazzling, split-second science."

          Investigate further with:
Name that Shell Watch video clips of fireworks.
Anatomy of a Firework Get the low down on lift charge, black powder mix, time-delay fuse, bursting charge, and other essential ingredients.
Pyrotechnically Speaking. Read an interview with Dr. John Conkling, Professor of Chemistry, who has made fireworks his life.
On Fire Basics of Combustion. Check out 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.

There's Chemistry involved and lots of it!

Did you know that The Periodic Table of the Elements, are behind the beauty of fireworks?

See which chemical makes which color.

A Piece of the Periodic Table  

Star FireworkCreate your own fireworks display...test your knowledge

StarsHave fun looking at these spectacular night fireworks Photos from around the world

Blast off with National Geographic's It's a Blast, How fireworks wizards work their magic Watch a slide show, and a video and play a game.

Fireworks PhotoBe sure to take a peek at these websites which have great pictures about how fireworks are made, wired and launched and about how high they go.

Just for Kids Design a display, explore the interactive fireworks stand.
Family clipartFind Out How to BE SAFE!!!

factAn ordinary sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1000°C!

These websites will help you learn how to be safe with fireworks.
National Council on Fireworks safety

Washington State Patrol Safety

Catch up on your fireworks Trivia

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Take a peek at the Physics of colored fireworks

Here's a page where you can review what Chemical and Physical Changes are.

Try an Internet WebQuest called, THE CHEMISTRY OF FIREWORKS.

Here is the description of the webquest: "Your job in this WebQuest is to discover the component parts of fireworks, and to identify the chemical compounds that are responsible for the brilliant colors that light up the sky as fireworks explode. You will explore the history of fireworks and find out when the first fireworks were invented. You will learn about firework design and how fireworks are built. You will also find out what chemical compounds are responsible for the colors seen in fireworks. Finally, you will answer a set of questions about fireworks to demonstrate what you have learned about the chemistry of fireworks. "

This Classroom Activity from PBS's NOVAcan be used to trace the evolution of various aspects of fireworks from their invention to today.

Question MarksGeneral Info about consumer, and display fireworks and the laws concerning them.

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