Balloon Car STEM Challenge: Engineering Design Process

Vivify STEM
Grade Levels
4th - 9th
Formats Included
  • PDF
7 pages
Vivify STEM


Challenge students to build a balloon-powered car that can travel 5 feet! This STEM challenge will take your students through the engineering design process as they brainstorm, design, build, and test with a fun and engaging project.

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STEM challenges incorporate math and science concepts with creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. Students are provided with a Mission Sheet and a Student Handout that guides them through the engineering design process.

Included in this product:

  • Engineering Design Process Overview
  • STEM Challenge Student Handout
  • Mission with a materials list and engineering design constraints that includes Math Problems & STEM Career Connection

STEM Challenges Bundle

If you like this challenge, check out the rest of the Bundle that includes 5 more STEM activities!

  1. Paper Table
  2. Build A Boat
  3. Egg Drop
  4. Mighty Machine
  5. Helping Hand

Looking for more STEM lessons? Find the Vivify resource guide here: bit.ly/VivifyResourceGuide

About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stage of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own balloon rocket device.

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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