Fun with Bernoulli

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Learners conduct four simple experiments to demonstrate the effects of air pressure. They use Bernoulli's Principle, that moving air exerts less pressure, to manipulate air pressure and see its influence on different objects.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 sheet of paper (new or recycled)
  • 2 round balloons
  • 2 pieces of string (18 inches long)
  • 2 small plastic cups
  • 2 straws
  • 1 ping pong ball
  • water
  • Fun with Bernoulli Worksheet


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Momentum and Velocity
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Formulating Explanations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Rutkowski, Tom ; Conner, Alex ; Hill, Geoffrey ; Schaefer Zarske, Malinda ; Yowell, Janet

Source Collection

  • TeachEngineering


  • All rights reserved, Regents of the University of Colorado, 2004

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0226322
  • Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
  • U.S. Department of Education