- Understand what potential and kinetic energy are and how one can be converted to the other.
- Use the engineering design process to iteratively test and modify a design.
OverviewYour students will design, build, and race balloon-powered cars in this fun lesson plan that teaches about engineering design and kinetic and potential energy.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
This lesson plan is related to the 2015 Fluor Engineering Challenge.
Note: since this is an engineering design project, it does not have an exact list of required materials for students to build their cars. You can use the materials you have available in your classroom, including recycled materials, to keep costs down. The list below provides some suggestions.
Area of Science
Engineering design, potential energy, kinetic energy, conservation of energy
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