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Entry without an online ticket is not guaranteed.

Science Sunday: Experimenting with a Fire Extinguisher

So we have included a fire extinguisher in this Science Sunday edition, but this experiment actually has nothing to do with fire at all. In this fire extinguisher, there is a lot of carbon dioxide under an extreme amount of pressure. We are going to use that built-up pressure to push a coloring pencil through a thick piece of wood. Think we can do it? Watch the full Science Sunday segment below to learn more.

DO NOT try what you are about to see at home. 

Now through Labor Day Weekend, the Connecticut Science Center is FREE to all Connecticut kids (ages 18 and under) plus one accompanying adult. Reserve your ticket online at CTScienceCenter.org to ensure your ticket. 

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Aoife Ryle is a STEM Educator at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition to working with school groups, she works with our Teen Program, Overnights department, and shoots weekly science segments for WFSB. She has a degree in Bioengineering from the University of Maine and has a personal interest in the life sciences and engineering which makes bioengineering a perfect crossover.


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Mark Dixon is a meteorologist on WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News and a host of the weekly Science Sunday segments with the Connecticut Science Center. He has been nominated for several Emmy awards for weather anchoring and has won awards from the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association and the American Meteorological Society.