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Grades 612. Newton’s third law of motion takes off as design teams launch balloon-powered rockets to explore the forces behind the movement. This deceptively simple horizontal or vertical task activates creative problem-solving and engineering skills as students modify a basic balloon rocket to meet the challenge of farthest distance, reaching a fixed point the fastest, or lifting a payload the highest. Materials support 15 design team pairs. Includes instructions.
Grades 612. Newton’s third law of motion takes off as design teams launch balloon-powered rockets to explore the forces behind the movement. Balloon rockets, a simple example of how rocket engines work, may be used to introduce topics such as thrust, propulsion, aerodynamics, gas particle behavior, pressure, engineering, and Newton’s laws. Materials support 15 design team pairs. Includes instructions.
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This activity helps you teach the following Next Generation Science Standards:
|Roll of Twine||1||Included|
|Round Balloons, 5”||40||Included|
|Round Balloons, 9”||60||Included|
|Small Binder Clips||3||Included|
|Stick of Modeling Clay||1||Included|
|Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Pennies||Needed, Not Included|
|Roll of Tape||Needed, Not Included|
|Scissors||Needed, Not Included|
|Meterstick||Needed, Not Included|
|Permanent Markers||Needed, Not Included|
|Paper Clips||Needed, Not Included|
|Balloon Pump (optional)||Needed, Not Included|
|Timers (optional)||Needed, Not Included|
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Easily integrate exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities into any physical science curriculum with Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits. They engage and inspire students with fun real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format.
Hands-on activities center on engineering concepts and practices from the Next Generation Science Standards. Design teams design, build, test, and modify their prototypes to provide an innovative solution to the class challenge. These activities strengthen students’ critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills, while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.
Designed with ease of use in mind, Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits have the materials and information needed for classroom success: