Target age group: ages 10-16+
Purpose of project: To reinforce learning about ATP in a hands-on experiential way that could be much more effective than simply reading about ATP in a textbook.
Description of project: Students cut and assemble a "pop gun" that looks like a real ATP molecule. It fires the third phosphate, just like a real ATP molecule does.
Materials needed: copies of pattern page, scissors, glue, three paper clips, two ball point pens that have springs (the "clicky" kind), masking tape, piece of corrugated cardboard