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Grades 6–12. Race to the finish with balloon-powered race cars and Newton’s laws of motion. Design teams build and test a prototype car, then explore how changes to the wheels, body, and balloon alter performance. To successfully compete in the class challenge for maximum speed or distance, teams must overcome obstacles such as friction and car stability.
Grades 6–12. Race to the finish with balloon-powered race cars and Newton’s laws of motion. Design teams build and test a prototype car, then explore how changes to the wheels, body, and balloon alter the performance. To successfully compete in the class challenge for maximum speed or distance, teams must overcome obstacles such as friction and car stability. Extend the lesson to cover propulsion, force diagrams, aerodynamics, and energy conservation. This activity is an excellent way to incorporate math and engineering skills into your science lesson. Materials support 15 design teams. Includes instructions.
|Balloons, 9 in||30||Included|
|Balloons, 5 in||32||Included|
|Modeling Clay, 1 lb||1||Included|
|Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Tape||15||Needed, Not included|
|Scissors||15||Needed, Not included|
|Metric Rulers||15||Needed, Not included|
|Timers||15||Needed, Not included|
|Resealable Plastic Bags||15||Needed, Not included|
|Metersticks||5||Needed, Not included|
|Balloons, 11 in (optional)||Needed, Not included|
|Balloons of other shapes (e.g., long, pear-shaped - optional)||Needed, Not included|
|Additional Materials to Construct Car Body or Wheels (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:
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