Ballon Powered Car Project
2007 Fastest Speed Winner
2.39 Meters per Second
2007 Total Distance Winner
2007 Fastest Speed Winner in Period 1
2007 Total Distance Winner in Period 1
2007 Fastest Speed Winner in Period 2
2007 Total Distance Winner in Period 2
2007 Fastest Speed Winner in Period 5
2007 Total Distance Winner in Period 5
2007 Fastest Speed Winner in Period 6
2007 Total Distance Winner in Period 6
2007 Fastest Speed Winner in Period 7
2007 Total Distance Winner in Period 7
Important Guidelines and Information:
Balloon Powered Car Project - this is an in-class partner project with a partner PowerPoint presentation. At the end, you will also create a Podcast Project Summary. Materials are gathered from group members to build the balloon powered car. The goal is to apply what we've learned about mechanical interactions by building a rocket car that minimizes friction and drag. During testing, we will calculate average speed and take many measurements. We then will analyze the interactions and forces involved in our cars. The most challenging aspect of this project is collaborating with others. Every group member must contribute their ideas BEFORE construction of their rocket car. Another challenge is the actual construction of the car. You will run in to some technical issues (car turns, ballon drags on ground, parts fall off your car, or it just doesn't work at all!) that will require more collaboration with your partner to solve.
- Online Balloon Car Research - Topic Forums
- Project Proposal
- Initial Designs
- Materials Collection
- Partner Collaboration
- Challenges and Technical Issues
- Data Processing using MS Excel
- Graphing Distance vs. Time
- Graphing Speed vs. Time
- Data Analysis and Conclusions
- Topic Forums - Sharing Results
- Data and Graph Analysis
- Create a PowerPoint Presentation
- Interactions and Energy Transfers Analysis
- Forces Analysis
- Podcast to BROADCAST TO THE WORLD!
- You will be given only two 9 inch ballons to power your car.
- The car must only be powered by two balloons.
- The car must be made from simple materials, nothing prefabricated.
- The car may not leave the ground and have at least 3 wheels
- Premeasure a distance of 5 meters.
- One car will race at a time. One team member prepares the car at the starting line.
- Cars take off at "Go!" Timers start.
- Time will be taken twice at 1m, 2m, 3m, 4m, 5m, and at car stop (total run time).
- Cars continue pass the finish line until they stop.
- Measure total distance traveled.
- Each car will be allowed three trial runs only if necessary. This allows a second or third chance if the car turns, balloon pinches, etc. If the car makes a successful run, we will only use this data.
- Grading for car performance: less than 1 meter: 0 points, 1 meter: 100 points, 2 meters: 200 points, 3 meters: 300 points, 4 meters: 400 points, 5 meters or more: 500 points.
- Balloon Powered Car Project Proposal (Green Sheet)
- Balloon Powered Car Project Materials, Procedures, Challenges & Techinical Difficulties (Pink Sheet)
- Balloon Powered Car Project Data Collection (Blue Sheet)
- Graphing Velocity (Graph Sheet)
- Graphing Speed (Yellow Sheet)
- Graphing Velocity and Speed Excel Lesson
- Graphing Velocity and Speed of YOUR CAR and Technology Instructions (White Sheet)
- Balloon Powered Car Project Data Collection - Class Excel Spreadsheet
- Balloon Powered Car Project Excel Data and Graph Template and Example (EXCEL EXAMPLE & TEMPLATE)
- Balloon Powered Car Project PowerPoint Template and Example (POWERPOINT TEMPLATE)
- Balloon Powered Car Project Podcast Script (Bright Green Sheet)
- Balloon Powered Car Project Data Analysis Write-Up
- Period 1 DATA
- Period 2 DATA
- Period 5 DATA
- Period 6 DATA
- Period 7 DATA
- Click HERE to go to our school's Podcasts - HERE you will find our Balloon Powered Car Project Podcasts
Car Pictures (PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY STUDENTS):
Helpful Links for Research:
NASA Balloon Powered Car Contest - An engineering contest held at NASA's JPL in Pasadena, CA.
PBS Kids Balloon Car Interactive Model - A program is available here that allows you to see how variables affect a balloon powered car.
Science Squad - Has one design idea to build a balloon powered car.
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