The principle behind the Hovercraft's levitation is that when the air is released from the balloon, the air hits the ground and rushes outward in all directions. The air flowing from the balloon through the holes forms a layer of air between the Hovercraft and the table. This reduces the friction (the resistance that occurs when two objects rub against each other) that would have existed if the Hovercraft rested directly on the table. With less friction, your Hovercraft scoots across the table.
This kit includes everything you need to make your own balloon Hovercrafts, including one dozen pre-drilled film canisters, one dozen balloons, one dozen CDs, one strip of poster putty, and assembly instructions. Instructions can also be seen in our short video. Colors may vary.
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Missing step in the video!
Sep 1, 2016 | By Donna Denney of Chicago, IL United States
Owner Response:There are a few different ways to inflate the balloon. You can use a balloon pump and inflate the balloons before attaching them to the film canisters. You can also have children inflate by mouth and use alcohol wipes to disinfect the canisters, or you can buy extra balloons and give each student his/her own and have them inflate by mouth.
Feb 3, 2016 | By Jennifer Phillips of Tucson, AZ United States
What a lift
Sep 29, 2015 | By Mark A Evans of Crete, IL United States
Excellent Workshop Materials.
Apr 16, 2014 | By Dennis Regling of Piedmont, OH United States
Apr 15, 2014 | By Susan of Terre Haute, IN United States
hover craft no
Apr 10, 2014 | By Patty of FL United States
Dec 28, 2013 | By Mary Hughes of east amherst, NY United States
Owner Response:Thank you, Mary. We will take that into consideration. We do have a video on our website that carefully details the construction process in the mean time.
This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.
Suggested Science Idea(s)
Students can use the Hovercraft to plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
Students can use the Hovercraft to make observations and/or measurements of an object's motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
Students can the use the Hovercraft to develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
Students can the use the Hovercraft to make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
Students can use the Hovercraft to develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion.
Students can use the Hovercraft to plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
Students can use the Hovercraft to investigate and analyze data to support the claim that Newton's Second Law of Motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
Students can use the Hovercraft Class Kit in a number of investigations on states of matter, air friction, and air pressure. Newton's Laws of Motion become tangible when using the Hovercraft. First Law (inertia, momentum, Second Law (force equals Mass time acceleration and Third Law (action-Reaction) can be demonstrated and investigated when using two or more of the Hovercraft. Adding variables in surface materials, weight to the Hovercraft and collisions allow students to explore.
* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.