Make It Move Mondays

Making things fly move and more

Make It Move Mondays

Elastic Car

Make It Move Mondays  (make things move, fly, etc.)

Use an object as a target and see how close you can make your rocket land. How does the angle that you hold the straw at change how high or far the rocket goes? Show us a picture of your rocket or a video of it flying or aiming for a target.

When you wind up your car, the elastic band holds potential energy (stored energy). When you let it go, that potential energy turns into kinetic energy (motion) as the elastic band forces the car to move forwards. Try using paper or tape to mark a place on the floor and try to make your racer stop as close to that line as possible. Find another way, other than winding it more or less, to shorten or lengthen the distance it travels. Show us a picture of your racer, a video of it moving, or a picture, video or description of ways you found to make it travel a shorter or longer distance using the same number of turns to wind it.

When you throw your paper airplane, you are giving it thrust (a force pushing something forwards). Depending on the aerodynamics of your airplane design, it may create enough lift to glide a long distance, or it may turn or nosedive. Try folding it different ways or with a bigger or smaller piece of paper, angle the wings higher or lower, angle flaps on the back differently, and see what the effects are. What makes it fly further? What makes it turn or fly straight, or go up or down? Show us a picture if your airplane(s) and tell us what you changed and what the result was.

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