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STEM Challenge Balloon Carousels

Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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29 pages
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Can your students build a carousel that is propelled by balloon power? Yes, they can and this STEM Challenge will amaze you! Some of your carousels may spin so fast you cannot count the revolutions. Others may not spin at all and your students will set to work to solve the problems they encounter! Kids love this one!

This challenge can be purchased as part of a money-saving bundle!

STEM Balloons Bundle

What is the challenge?

This STEM activity will have your students using some very simple supplies to create a carousel that turns. The carousel is powered with a balloon or balloons and must stay aloft on its central turning pole. Will it turn? How fast can it turn? How many balloons should you use? How will you attach it to the central pole? Great questions for your collaborative groups! The problem-solving and immediate modifications to designs are really fun to watch!

What is your prep?

Supplies needed in addition to this package include foam plates, balloons, heavy paper or cardboard, broomsticks or PVC pipe, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, string, cardboard tubes, masking tape, and optional craft items for decorating the final carousel. Of course, substitutions can be made for any of these!

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover
  • Teacher Overview
  • Materials and Preparation page
  • 5 pages of Teacher Step-by-Step Directions filled with Helpful Hints
  • one additional page of hints
  • constraints of the task poster
  • 3 pages of photos
  • 2-page lab sheet with answer key
  • 1-page lab sheet with answer key
  • Terms of Use page and Credits.
  • But there is more! The challenge also includes scoring rubrics and editable files for the constraints poster and lab sheets.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.


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