Balloon Car (Stem Starter Kit)
This activity kit challenges students to create a balloon powered vehicle. The essential pieces, balloons, plastic nozzles, straws, foam wheels, and plastic rods are provided; it's up to the young scientists to determine the best materials to use in order to propel their vehicle effectively. Using the engineering design process students will create, evaluate, and redesign their simple machine until their objective is met. Includes enough materials to begin 6 balloon cars. 60 pieces total.
STEM Starters provide students with essential tools to complete hands-on projects. When combined with everyday items, these materials can be used to design and execute a project using creative exploration and the engineering design process. By approaching a problem or a challenge with this thought process, children are able to make educated guesses, problem-solve, and learn without the fear of making a mistake. Perfect for individuals or small groups.
CHOKING HAZARD: Children under 8 years can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
If you'd love to incorporate some open-ended STEM play into your homeschool or family time, these inexpensive kits provide a challenge and all of the essential science supplies for up to six inventors. Add any additional household items (cardboard boxes, glue, paper towels, etc.) that they decide to use for their projects. Each kit includes a project card to get the group started. For example, in Paper Circuits, students are challenged to create a working circuit and are provided copper tape, coin batteries, and LEDs. The structure is up to the student - will they light up a house, a greeting card, a cardboard vehicle or something else?