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Hovercraft Racers!

Students gain first-hand experience on how friction affects motion. They build a hovercraft using air from a balloon to levitate a craft made from a compact disk (CD), learning that a bed of air under an object significantly reduces the friction as it slides over a surface. Students predict characteristics of surfaces that might influence the amount of friction.

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Resource Details

Grade
5th - 7th
Subjects
Physics
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Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Duration
45 mins
Instructional Strategy
Project-Based Learning