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Hovercraft


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Hovercraft

In this activity, learners make plates levitate! Learners build simple "hovercrafts" using simple materials to explore friction and motion.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


  • ballpoint pen
  • large plastic plate
  • film canister
  • 12 in. round balloon
  • poster putty

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Toys
  • Transportation

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

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, ©2003

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0229796
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • PBS

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