In this design challenge activity, learners use two helium-filled balloons to build a blimp that can travel in a straight path across the room. The activity guide contains information for Educators on how to best facilitate the challenge as well as key vocabulary (air resistance, drag, axis of rotation, etc.). Three associated videos available for download help reinforce these concepts. It is recommended to do this activity after completing the Sky Floater Challenge.
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