Get ready to blast off with this month’s Simple Science experiment! This five-step balloon rocket project can be completed with materials you likely have at home. Balloon rockets are a great way to learn about air propulsion and thrust, the same scientific concepts real rockets use. You can customize the variables in this experiment for hours of exploration. Check out these titles on Hoopla to continue the fun: Rockets, Inflating A Balloon, and The Great Balloon Hullaballoo.
Your balloon rocket uses the same forces as real rockets use to fly into space! When the air flows out of the balloon it creates a forward motion. This force is called thrust. Thrust is a pushing force that requires energy. The air rushing out of the balloon is exerting a force on the balloon itself, propelling it forward. In a real rocket, thrust comes from the force made by the burning rocket fuel.
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