# Balloon Powered Race Cars

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This is a classroom favorite. Students will design and build racecars from milk cartons, push-up pop wheels and power them with balloons. Helps demonstrate all of Newton's Laws of Motion (inertia, a = f/m, action-reaction).

Materials needed: milk cartons, straws, push-up pop stems (or other wheels), balloons, stop watch.

Main topics: force, mass, acceleration, Newton's Laws of Motion, experimental design.

Quick, easy, and effective in demonstrating Newton's Laws of Motion. It will take time for students to build and test their car...I usually give them about a week total. We also have contests for speed, distance, and appearance. Great for middle school or introductory high school courses.

If you like this activity, you can follow these links to other lessons and activities in my motion and forces units.

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Speed and Velocity Review Worksheet

Motion Review Worksheet: Speed Time Graphs

Motion Review Worksheet: Speed Problems

Forces Review Worksheet: Describing Forces

Forces Review Worksheet: Identifying Forces

Forces Review Worksheet: Forces at Work

Ian Williamson
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