Balloon-Powered Cars

by: Donna Governor and Denise Webb

The guiding question for this activity is,“What design will help your car move the fastest and farthest?” In this activity, students will build balloon-powered cars. A number of materials can be used for this engineering challenge but the ones suggested are based on experience. A detailed science behind the activity is provided, which highlights Newton’s laws. Students will also learn about force, energy, and work. Before beginning this activity, we recommend you read Chapters 9 and 12 which are in this book selection. Chapter 9 is an overview of the section and introduces the format used to present ideas for Family Science Night activities. Chapter 12 features activities that we believe to be advanced level. A materials list, references, safety notes, standards, and teacher background information are provided. This book selection also includes the Table of Contents, Preface, Acknowledgments, About the Authors, Introduction, and Index.


Elementary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh School

Grade Levels

Elementary Middle School


Engineering STEM Three-Dimensional Learning


Type Book ChapterPub Date 2/11/2019Pages 34

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