Fifth/Sixth Classes

April 21st 2021

Balloon-Powered Cars


The students in Mr O'Reilly's Fifth Class have been learning how to design and build a balloon-powered car in their Science lessons. Balloons are elastic and store potential energy when they are filled with air. When that energy is released, it is converted into the energy of motion, which is also known as kinetic energy. Kinetic energy propels the car forward.

The boys and girls gathered recycled materials that were salvaged from their recycle bins. Plastic bottle lids, cardboard boxes, and plastic containers were some of the items used. The children put together the cars, decorated them and then headed to the playground to test them out. Well done to Ella May, Leah and Aaliyah who designed the car that travelled the furthest distance. They were delighted to collect their prize of a homework pass! Well done everyone!

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