Sunday, 5 May 2013

More Balloon Powered Cars!

Over the term, the junior syndicate all worked on making their own balloon powered car.
Each class got to play with balloons and share their ideas about why an inflated balloon shoots through the air when you let it go.  We then looked at a simple car and discussed making modifications and ways we could improve the simple car.
Then each boy had the challenge of making their own wheels, designing their car and then constructing their own vehicle.  It was great to see lots of problem solving, working together and helping each other out.

Lots of the boys had the opportunity to make modifications to their wheels!  They came up with different ideas for helping to keep their wheels straight and it was interesting to see the range of creative ideas.
All of the boys had a great time and it was great to see them so proud of their final car!  Hopefully the cars made it home in one piece to show their families.

Some of the boys were keen to make a car at home.  There are lots of great ideas on the internet and plenty of room for modifications and incorporating your own creativity.  One of the websites I used for ideas was Steve Spangler, his website is full of lots of great ideas and simple explanations.

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