Bernoulli Obstacle Course

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In this activity, learners create their own obstacle course based on Bernoulli's Principle and try to get a floating ball from the start of their course to the finish line. Bernoulli’s Principle demonstrates how an object that is heavier than air can hover in an air stream due to differing levels of pressure. Activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures, a video example, background info, suggested questions for caregivers to ask learners, a list of related hands-on activities, and a suggested children's book connection. Adult supervision is recommended since use of a hair dryer is required.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

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Materials List (per group of students)

  • Hair dryer
  • Extension cord (to increase mobility)
  • Ping pong ball
  • Materials to construct an obstacle course: Paper towel rolls/toilet paper tubes, chenille sticks, tape, cookie cutters, plastic cups, popsicle sticks, tin cans, plastic container, and/or any other materials you have at home that you want to use


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Newton's Laws
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations


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  • Amazeum YOU


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