Balloon Car STEM Challenge: Engineering Design Process

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Vivify STEM
Grade Levels
3rd - 9th
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17 pages
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Balloon Car STEM Challenge!

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.

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
  • Editable Student handouts
  • Editable Teacher Slides (Google Slides)

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 Stages 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
17 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.


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