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It's a Gas!
In this simple activity, learners see the production of a gas, which visibly fills up a balloon placed over the neck of a bottle.
Bready Bubble Balloon
Learners discover the bubble power of living cells in this multi-hour experiment with baker's yeast. Learners make a living yeast/water solution in a bottle, and add table sugar to feed the yeast.
In this activity, learners surprisingly pop balloons without touching them using orange peels. This Mr.
Waterless Snow GlobeAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners will investigate static electricity as they create waterless snow globes.
The Unpoppable Balloon
In this activity, learners explore polymer structure and their ability to reform around objects by attempting to stab a wooden skewer through a balloon without popping it.
Ice BalloonsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners will explore globes of frozen water to learn how to ask and then answer 'investigable' questions. The activity web page includes a short video demonstration.
Heavy LiftingAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners work in NASA teams to build balloon-powered rockets using identical parts and compete to launch the greatest number of paper clips to "space" (the ceiling).
Learners construct a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide string.
Achieving OrbitAdd to list Details
In this Engineering Design Challenge activity, learners will use balloons to investigate how a multi-stage rocket, like that used in the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, can propel a sat
Rocket PinwheelAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners use simple materials to construct a balloon-powered pinwheel. The pinwheel is a great way to investigate Newton's Third Law of Motion.
In this activity, learners work in pairs to conduct a series of experiments using a balloon, drinking straw, and paper.
The Great Balloon Race
In this online Flash game, learners take to the skies in a hot air balloon and are challenged to beat other balloonists' times to the finish line without crashing.
CD Air PuckAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners will use a compact disc to build an air puck that can glide across a smooth tabletop. The puck glides with almost no friction on a cushion of air escaping from a balloon.
Vectoring: Steering a PlaneAdd to list Details
In this two part activity, learners work in pairs or individually to discover how vectoring the thrust from a jet engine affects movement of an airplane.
Sky Glider Challenge
In this design challenge activity, learners use two helium-filled balloons to build a blimp that can travel in a straight path across the room.
The Heart as a Pump
Learners will build a homemade pump using a balloon, a mason jar, and some straws.
How Do Probes Get To Space?Add to list Details
Investigate how force and thrust work to propel rockets into outer space. Build a rocket: a blown-up balloon taped to a drinking straw threaded through some string.
Balloon in a Bottle
In this physics activity (page 3 of the PDF), learners will see firsthand that air takes up space and has pressure by attempting to inflate a balloon inside of a bottle.
Fly a Hot-Air Balloon
Learners assemble a hot-air balloon from tissue paper. The heated air (from a heat gun) inside the balloon is less dense than the surrounding air and causes the balloon to float.
Conversation PieceAdd to list Details
Focus sound through a balloon! In this Exploratorium activity, you'll use dry ice to create a balloon that's a sound lens.