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Carolina STEM Challenge®: Balloon Rockets Kit

Item # 750050 Exclusive

Grades 6–12. 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.

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Grades 6–12. 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.

Expand this lesson by:

  • Exploring other gases that could be used for propulsion
  • Incorporating video or probeware technology
  • Calculating rocket volume and/or speed

This activity helps you teach the following Next Generation Science Standards:

  • PS2.A: Forces and Motion
  • PS2.C: Stability and Instability in Physical Systems
  • PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.
 
Components Qty Included?
Roll of Twine 1 Included
Round Balloons, 5” 40 Included
Round Balloons, 9” 60 Included
Rubber Bands 30 Included
Small Binder Clips 3 Included
Stick of Modeling Clay 1 Included
Straws, 5-3/4” 75 Included
Straws, 7-3/4” 75 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


Carolina STEM Challenge

Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series

Engineer excitement with NEW kits for middle and high school physical science that:

  • Incorporate STEM concepts
  • Promote creativity, team building, and fun
  • Encourage interest in science

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:

  • Warm-ups and demonstrations
  • Science content
  • Literacy extensions
  • Notebooking options
  • Grading and scoring rubrics

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