STEM Balloon Rocket Design Challenge (Engineering Design Process)

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STEM Balloon Rocket Design Challenge (Engineering Design Process)

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Subjects: Engineering Design, Physical Science, Graphing

Grades: 4th - 9th 

Resource Type: Stage 2, Engineering Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 2 hours

Total Pages: 21

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We have added an engineering twist to the classic balloon rocket demo! 

This engaging STEM challenge is a fun way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! This hands-on activity is an engaging design challenge that allows students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own balloon rocket device. 

Engineering Mission: Students are on a mission to pop a balloon taped to the wall. All they have is another balloon, string, tape, and various other materials. They will attach materials to their rocket and launch it along a string to pop the balloon. 

This packet includes:

  • Detailed educator guide with links to resources
  • Student handouts including Forces on a Rocket & Intro to Rocket Science
  • Student recording packet for each step of the engineering design process
  • Science extension activities that guide students to explore effects of friction and balloon volume on rocket distance