Flight Activities Using
Balloon Rockets

These flight activities use balloons as fun rockets that travel on a string. These are great elementary science activities when teaching about Newton's Laws of Motion.

Newton's Third Law of Motion states that for every action there is a reaction. In these fun science flight activities using balloon rockets students blow up the balloon to provide the forward motion.

The activity should be done by groups of three or four students. One student at each end of the string. One student holding the balloon and the last student taping the balloon to the straw. Students should change positions after each time the balloon is released.

Flight activity with a balloon rocketBalloon Rocket

Materials

  • Balloons
  • String
  • Tape
  • Straw

Directions

  1. Cut a piece of string approximately 10 feet long.
  2. Slip a straw through the string.
  3. Have 2 students hold onto the ends of the string so it is tight.
  4. The third student blows up a balloon and holds the ends pinched together so the air will not be released.
  5. The fourth student tapes the inflated balloon to the straw.
  6. Move the straw and balloon to the center of the string and ask what will happen when the person holding the end of the balloon lets it go.
  7. Have the person let go of the balloon to verify their conclusions or find out why they are wrong.
  8. Try holding the string near the ceiling and floor to see if there is enough thrust by the escaping air to send the balloon up into the air that far.
  9. Try different shapes of balloons to see how far they will travel.
  10. Try different lengths of string to see the maximum length the balloon will travel down the string.

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