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Knockloughrim Primary School

Balloon Powered Cars

19th Apr 2018

After researching and drawing designs for our balloon powered cars yesterday we started manufacturing today.  We had to carefully follow our plans, making accurate cuts and joins.  We made use of our fine motor skills to  carefully hammer holes in the bottle tops.  Axles were made from wooden skewers and attached to the wheels.  Initially we encountered problems with our designs; the base was too long, the straws were too thin to blow up the balloon etc.  We had to use our problem-solving skills to find solutions, make adjustments and re-test our vehicles.  This process involved all our teamwork skills including; listening, turn-taking, valuing the opinions of others.  When we had the first two working cars we had great fun racing them!