Using new and recycled materials, patrons construct rocket cars that use a balloon and straw “rocket” to move. Students will “race” the cars to see which can go the farthest before revising their design and “racing” again.
Provides classroom connections, key concepts, connections to science standards, and additional resources.
|Hints for uses in your library||While this activity was developed with libraries in mind, if the suggested “ingredient” list is too daunting, consider doing this activity with just straws, balloons and toy cars before making this a “Maker” activity.|
NGSS Standards Guide
NASA Rockets-to-Racecars Resources
Newton's 3 Laws of Motion
Space Launch System
Orion Soars on First Flight Test
I Didn't Know That: How Rockets Work
How does a rocket work?
Activity adapted from Rocket Activity Rocket Races - NASA Educational Resources
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