Balloon Powered Car


Title:
Balloon Squad
Member(s):
Dylan & Alex
Challenge:
It might not move. Also it might not go straight or fall over. Some parts might fall off.
Learning:
We expect to learn more about physics. How to balance things so it will go straight.
We are making this for the Maker Fair. Also it seems pretty cool to make a car that doesn't run on fuel.
Materials:
  • Styrofoam meat tray (request donations from local supermarkets)
  • Small plastic stirrer straws (round cross section) – 2 per racer
  • Flexi-straws – 3 per racer
  • 4- or 5-inch round balloon
  • Masking tape
  • Sharp pencil
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Ruler
Main Steps:
  • Make the chassis
  • Attach two axles
  • Add the wheels
  • Add a straw
  • Place a balloon on top of straw
Time:
About 3 weeks
Resources:
  • YouTube
  • Google
  • eGFI
Difficulties:
The wheels might not fit on the axle so will will have to get new ones
Sharing:
YouTube
Maker Fair
Evaluation:
The car works
It moves at least one meter
It looks good
“What are you making?” “Why are you making this?” and “Who is it for?”