Set fire to steel

Set fire to steel

I bet you thought that metals like steel couldn’t burn. Think again!

Ingredients and equipment that you will need

Steel wool
An old plate
Matches
Jug of water in case. Scientists always think about what might go wrong and prepare for it.

Method and further information

You can’t burn a lump of steel, but steel wool burns easily because it is in small threads. Have a jug of water to hand just in case.

Put a small piece of steel wool on a plate and light it with a match. This is how they make sparklers.

Be careful – you should ask an adult to help you with these experiments. Do your experiments in old yoghurt pots, jam jars or bottle tops. Don’t use cups or glasses in case someone thinks it’s a drink.