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Age range: 5-7 | 7-11
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D & T
  • Maths
  • Science

Balloon rockets

A project to measure the velocity of balloon rockets.

In this fun activity, learners will make a balloon rocket and carry out timed tests to calculate the velocity of the balloon. This activity introduces the concept of flight, speed and energy through the making of a balloon rocket.

You will need:

  • Balloons of various shapes
  • Balloon pump
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Thin card/paper
  • Pencil
  • Stopwatch/timing device
  • Measuring tape (5 m)
  • Calculators

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