Balloon Powered Dragster

A lesson about forces and motion where students design their own balloon powered dragster - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

In this 5 lesson project, students will begin by learning about forces, motion and Newton's Third Law. Using this knowledge, students will embark on a creative journey to design and 3D print their own functional, balloon powered dragster! Their aim is to create a vehicle that can travel as far as possible in a straight line and in the final lesson, they will compete against each other using their own unique dragsters.

Curriculum Details

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of physics, maths, computing and design technology and can be adapted for ages 8-16. The curriculum is aligned to ISTE, NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.

Included Resources:

  • Class Presentation (Powerpoint and PDF)

  • Video design tutorials in Tinkercad and Fusion 360 (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

  • Homework, design and testing worksheets (Google Docs and PDF)

        • Forces and motion explainer video (hosted on PrinLab's student portal)

        • Example balloon powered dragster model (STL)

        • Assessment Rubric (Google Docs and PDF)

              Self-Paced Learning Option

              PrintLab's student portal is home to the online learning resources required for each of PrintLab’s lesson plans (CAD tutorial videos, explainer videos etc), but it is also structured in such a way that gives users the option to work through each project online in a self-paced manner without a teacher/instructor. The perfect solution for distance learning, 3D printing clubs, passion projects or self-paced learning at libraries and makerspaces.

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