Underwater Volcano Dyson Science DIY Project

Underwater Volcano

How to create a colorful underwater volcano? Hot air balloons use convection currents. As hot air rises, so too does the balloon. This project shows how convection currents work. A convection current is the way that heat rises and falls in liquids and gases.


  • String
  • Scissors (with adult supervision)
  • An empty salt shaker
  • A large jar
  • Food coloring


Cut a two foot length of string with a pair of scissors. Tie a knot around the neck of a salt shaker with one end of the string. Double-knot it to ensure the knot is secure. Repeat this process with the other end of the string, resulting in a handle to lower your shaker.


Empty and clean a large jar. Fill the clean jar about three quarters full with cold water.


Fill the salt shaker with hot water (with adult supervision) – as hot as you can get from your tap – to just below the neck. Add three to four drops of red food coloring.


Hold your salt shaker over the mouth of the jar by the string handle. Slowly lower the salt shaker into the jar until the shaker is completely submerged and resting upright on the bottom of the jar. Observe how the colored water erupts from the shaker into the cold water.

Designed by Ian,Design engineer at Dyson

DIY Details


Avg. Duration

2 hours

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