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STEM Challenge Balloon Cars

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Standards
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Pages
26 pages
$3.50
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Description

What an exciting STEM challenge this turned out to be! Can you build car that will roll and travel using a balloon as the propulsion method?! Yes, you can! Now, it might spin in circles a little bit, too, however that just adds one more problem to solve. Your kids will love this challenge!

This challenge is available as part of money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

This STEM activity will have your students creating a car that rolls using some very basic supplies. The added bonus is to make the car propel forward with the power of a blown-up balloon. Will it roll? Will it travel on a straight path? How will the balloons be attached? Great questions for your problem-solving group! And there will be problem-solving. Your students will amaze you with their designs and ways to make this car work.

What is your prep?

Supplies needed in addition to this package include paper plates, wooden skewers, straws, balloons, tape, scissors, and small pieces of cardboard. Of course, substitutions can be made for any of these!

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover
  • Teacher Overview
  • Materials and Preparation page
  • 4 pages of Teacher Step-by-Step Directions
  • 1 page of Helpful Hints
  • 4 pages of photos
  • 2-page lab sheet with answer key
  • 1-page lab sheet with answer key
  • Terms of Use page and and MORE!
  • This resource also includes editable lab sheets, constraints poster, and scoring rubric.

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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
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.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
NGSS4-PS3-1
Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object. Assessment does not include quantitative measures of changes in the speed of an object or on any precise or quantitative definition of energy.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
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.
NGSS4-PS3-4
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints could include the materials, cost, or time to design the device. Devices should be limited to those that convert motion energy to electric energy or use stored energy to cause motion or produce light or sound.

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