Physics Balloon Car Project
Materials: hammer, nail, tape, 5 straws, 1 stick, 4 lids, cardboard, 1 balloon, and wire cutters
Use the stick to insert into the cardboard to create a place for the axels of the car. Then remove the sticks.
Insert the straws into the place that the sticks were inserted.
Take all 4 of the lid caps and use a hammer to hit a small screw or nail into the cap to create a hole then remove.
The holes should look like this one.
Take the stick and insert one end into a cap.
Insert the stick into the straw.
Put the other lid cap on the end of the stick making sure the cap is secure.
Use the wire cutters to cut the stick flush with the cap. Repeat these steps for the other set of wheels.
Gather 3 straws in a group and wrap the end of them in tape.
On the top of the straws slip on the balloon.
Begin the tape the balloon onto the straws so the balloon is secure.
Place the straw balloon combo on the car.
Tape the straw balloon combo onto the car making sure that neither the straw or balloon is touching the ground.
Here is the end result of the balloon car!
Use the speed equation of s=d/t to find the velocity of the car over the total distance it traveled.
Distance= 5.0292 meters
Time= 4.73 seconds
Velocity= 1.063 meters per second
The car travels a total distance of 5.0292 meters in 4.73 seconds meaning that it’s velocity was 1.063 meters per second. (This test was done a hard wood floor)