Vacuum Chamber

Ages 9-16+

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Build a vacuum chamber to experiment with air pressure! By pumping a syringe back and forth, suck the air out of the chamber and see how things respond to a low pressure environment. Also learn how air pressure affects your daily life, from how your lungs work to weather patterns and more!

Includes a step-by-step video tutorial link, illustrated blueprint instructions for this project kit, all the materials, and a special-edition Tinker Zine magazine for more fun!


  • Build the pump
  • Make the chamber
  • Experiment #1: Blown-Up Balloon
  • Experiment #2: Jingle Bell Rock
  • DIY Pipette Challenge
  • DIY Barometer


  • Air Pressure
  • Vacuums
  • Balance and Equilibrium

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    Michael, Jun 5, 2019

    Fun to experiment

    This crate was perfect for exploring science concepts in a fun and open ended manner. My boys loved the different experiments provided, as well as the different suggestions with household items. Three days later and the boys are still looking for different materials to put in their vacuum chamber!

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    Mary Carol, May 29, 2019

    Well made and easy to use

    My son was a ble to complete this project all on his own. It worked well and survived a lot of different experiments. My son had the most fun with the balloon, trying to see if we could get it to pop! He was also fascinated with the bell and the barometer. Great engineering and product quality, and a great crate with lots of opportunitites for investigation.

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    Coleen, Feb 1, 2019

    Fun and educational

    Air pressure is a science concept that we wouldn't have explored otherwise, so this crate was very unique and educational. It was a high quality product that made demonstrating some cool aspects of air pressure economical. It was super fun to make the vacuum chamber, and then experimenting with a variety of different objects was very entertaining.

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