STEM at Home: Balloon Racers

What do turkeys, unicorns and thrust have in common? Nothing until now. Get ready to build 🦃 🦄 balloon racers on this #StemAtHome.

STEM at Home: Balloon race stuff you need

Step-by-Step Instructions

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 1

Blow up your balloon nice and big.

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 2

Pinch off the end with a clothespin, so the air doesn’t escape.

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 3

Tape a straw across the top of the balloon.

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 4

Tape a quarter on the bottom of the balloon (this adds stability).

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 5

Decorate your turkeycorn!

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 6

Tape your turkeycorn on the center of the balloon.

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 7

Run a string of decent length through the straw (this is what your balloon racer travels down).

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 8

Tie off the string to a mantle, chair or end table at both ends.

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 9

Make sure the string is taut.

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 10

Remove the clothespins and pinch off the balloons with your fingers.

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 11

At the count of three, racers release their balloons. 

 

STEM at Home: Balloon Race 12

Make sure to let the loser know that you won!

Your Instructor:

Brandon Wilingham - Senior Creative, Lenovo WW Brand

Brandon Willingham is a Senior Creative on Lenovo’s Worldwide Brand Team. When he’s not creating big brand ideas, he’s hanging out with his two little girls, surfing or tackling another home project.

Congratulations on making your turkeycorn balloon racer. We hope you enjoyed learning about thrust. Be sure to share your racer with #StemAtHome.

WARNING: Adult supervision required. Experiments may involve electricity, magnetism and other elements, and are intended for children 5 years and older with continuous adult supervision/assistance. Some of the supplies necessary to conduct these experiments could pose choking or other safety hazards to children of all ages. 

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