1N22.25 - Balloon Rockets

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Balloon Rockets
Action & Reaction
Area of Study:
Fishing Line Guide Wire, Long Balloons, Soda Straws, and Tape.

Have two people stretch the guide wire across the front of the classroom.  Blow up one of the balloons and tape it onto the soda straw guides.  Release the balloon and watch it travel as a rocket across the room.

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  • Julius Sumner Miller, Q83 & A83, Millergrams I – Some Enchanting Questions for Enquiring Minds, p. 54 & 105.

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