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Rocket Pinwheel


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Rocket Pinwheel

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. This is an easy and quick activity that can be integrated into any lesson on motion.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Wooden pencil with an eraser on one end
  • Sewing pin
  • Round party balloon
  • Flexible soda straw
  • Plastic tape

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
    • Motion and Forces
      • Newton's Laws
      • Rotation Motion

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Hartsfield, John

Rights:

  • Public Domain

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