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Lesson 1 & 2 Balloon Powered Car Project
Transcript of Lesson 1 & 2 Balloon Powered Car Project
Think about which parts will affect the distance your vehicle will travel or how fast it will go. Draw the Lotus Chart in your science book
on the left hand page. Fill in the blanks. Your investigation question is what you what to find out. Look at your lotus chart.
Pick one part of the car you will change between the first and second models. Think about why you have picked this part to change.
Write your Investigation question. Choose one of the following statements and fill in the blank:
How will changing the _____________ effect the distance travelled?
How will changing the ____________effect the speed the car travels at between 2 points?
Remember, the goal is to test what effect the change you make will have on the distance it will travel or how fast it goes. The hypothesis is what you predict will happen as a result of the change you plan to make to your design.
I predict that by(increasing/decreasing) the size of the wheels on the car, it will travel (further/faster) because_______.
Write your hypothesis in your science book on the right hand page.
Remember: use the language of FORCES! Before you start you must have drawn your diagram. Label the diagram 'Prototype 1'
Under the diagram write all the materials that you will be using to construct the car.
List building materials (e.g., 1 balloon, 4 wheels made of plastic milk bottle tops).
List construction materials (e.g., scissors, sticky tape) Before you start:
Take your science book
Procedure: this is each step you took to build your car. Make sure to jot down brief notes on the left side of your book.
1. cut cardboard into a rectangle/square/circle for the body
2. sticky taped 2 straws to body, 1 at each end of the car Ready, Set, BUILD!! Fair Testing Record either:
the distance traveled OR
the speed (time) of travel between 2 points. Review: OUR GOALS: 1. Determine what variables the car has.
2. Write your investigating question and hypothesis.
3. Confirm diagram is drawn. List the materials you used.
4. Build your car!
5. Write down the steps you took to make your car in the procedure section.
6. If there is time, conduct your fair test. Time allowed: 30-40 minutes (or Time) Show of hands to confirm you have: 1. Written your investigating question?
2. Written your hypothesis?
4. Listed all materials used?
5. Listed steps taken to build the car?
6. Fair test conducted? Next Lesson: 1. Fair test (vehicle 1)
2. Draw 2nd prototype.
2. Change your chosen variable on the car
(e.g., wheels). Ensure you have the correct materials for this step!
3. Fair test (vehicle 2).