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Blimp Jet Challenge


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    WGBH

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Blimp Jet Challenge

In this design challenge activity, learners add a jet-propulsion system (i.e. a balloon) to a blimp so it flies straight and far under its own power. This lesson guide includes links to video clips that introduce Newton's Laws and tips for implementation. The activity is a fun, hands-on way for learners to get a taste for the design process.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • blimps from previous challenge
  • 4 sheets of paper
  • clear tape
  • balloon pump
  • scissors
  • 6 drinking straws (narrow and wide)
  • 12- to 16-inch latex party balloon (Long “rocket” balloons also work but hang down awkwardly.)

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Gravity
      • Newton's Laws
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Model Building
  • Transportation

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • Design Squad Nation

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0810996

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