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Carolina STEM Challenge®: Balloon Race Cars Kit

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Carolina STEM Challenge®: Balloon Race Cars Kit is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
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Grades 6–12. Race to the finish with balloon-powered race cars and Newton's laws of motion. Design, build, and test a prototype race car, then explore how changes to the wheels, body, and balloon alter performance. Kit provides a hands-on activity in how to design to overcome friction and stabilizing forces. Materials support 15 design teams.

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Grades 6–12. Race to the finish with balloon-powered race cars and Newton's laws of motion. Design, build, and test a prototype race car, then explore how changes to the wheels, body, and balloon alter performance. Kit provides a hands-on activity in how to design to overcome friction and stabilizing forces. Addresses Next Generation Science Standards®: MS-PS2-2, HS-PS2-1. Materials support 15 design teams. Includes teacher's manual, student guide, and FREE 1-year access to digital resources that support three-dimensional instruction.

Next Generation Science Standards® is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, these products.

  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.
 
Components Qty Included?
Wooden Stirrers 250 Included
Foam Trays 30 Included
Cardboard Trays 15 Included
Sandpaper Squares 4 Included
Straws 100 Included
Balloons, 9 in 30 Included
Balloons, 5 in 32 Included
Modeling Clay, 1 lb 1 Included
Plastic Stirrers 35 Included
Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kit This kit has everything you need to run a great experiment. Materials are top quality; teacher directions and materials along with student sheets are perfect. The students really enjoyed the activity which is a PLUS!
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This kit is challenging and I love it! I love the ease of use of this kit and I also love how challenging it can be for students. My students didn't finish their vehicle the first day. That is exactly what they needed. Not too challenging, but just right for my 6th graders.
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good in theory - hard for middle school My students found it difficult to produce a car that moved. They worked hard on getting the wheels round enough to move but it was frustrating for some teams.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to put together and use This is a great product for middle school students. The only recommendation I would have is for the students to experiment with different materials for the wheels. They can use the foam and then change the materials to cardboard, balsa wood, etc.
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Students were excited and challenged creating the balloon race cars. Many great and easy extensions can be used with this kit. Great product. Highly engaging and easy to use for students covering several common core standards.
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time is not of the essence. I intended to complete this activity with an after-school club, but due to other obligations we were not able to complete the entire activity successfully. So ensure that you give yourself enough time to make any necessary changes so that the students successfully meet the goal!!!!!
Date published: 2013-05-03
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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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