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Rocket Pinwheel


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    New York Hall of Science

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Rocket Pinwheel

This is an activity about motion, power, air and Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Learners will harness the power of thrust forces to build a rocket pinwheel. They will do this by making a pinwheel with a balloon, straw and pin. Thrust causes the balloon to spin around in a circular motion.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • pencil
  • pin
  • balloon
  • Flexible Straw
  • tape

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
      • Energy and Power
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Acceleration
      • Newton's Laws
      • Rotation Motion
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories


  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • TryScience

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, TryScience/New York Hall of Science, ©1999

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