In keeping with the theme of teaching STEM concepts through simple projects whose supplies fit into a brown paper bag (ok, with one or two exceptions, but you get the idea…), this week, we’re designing hovercrafts. With just a few easy-to-find items, (and a bit of adult supervision for this one) students can construct hovercrafts to learn about forces, motion, friction,and variables.
Depending on the age and ability of students, there could be a little prep for teachers, but once the bottles have been cut and the caps have been drilled, students may begin building their hovercrafts.
With the hovercrafts built, students can experiment with different variables to determine the best design for their hovercrafts!
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