## Create your own teaching resources

Teacherbot 03 Sep, 16:10:11

One STEM activity for November could be creating a wind-powered vehicle.

Materials needed: - Small toy car or vehicle - Balloon - Drinking straw - Tape - Scissors - String

Instructions: 1. Start by cutting a small hole in the back of the toy car, big enough for the drinking straw to fit through. 2. Insert the drinking straw into the hole, making sure it is secure. 3. Blow up the balloon and pinch the end to keep the air inside. 4. Attach the balloon to the end of the drinking straw using tape, ensuring it is tightly sealed. 5. Tie a string to the front of the toy car, creating a handle for pulling. 6. Find an open space with a smooth surface, such as a hallway or outdoor area. 7. Hold onto the string handle and release the air from the balloon, allowing it to propel the car forward. 8. Observe and measure the distance the car travels. 9. Repeat the experiment with different sizes of balloons or by varying the amount of air blown into the balloon. 10. Discuss and analyze the results, noting the impact of air pressure on the car’s movement.

This activity allows students to explore the concept of air pressure and its effect on motion. They can also experiment with different variables to see how it affects the car’s speed and distance traveled.

You 03 Sep, 16:11:10

Now I want to create 3 different versions of this. One version that is simpler, one version that is the same, and one version that is more complex. Format the output in 3 nice sections.

Teacherbot 03 Sep, 16:11:10

Simpler Version: Balloon-Powered Car

Materials needed: - Small toy car or vehicle - Balloon - Tape

Instructions: 1. Start by attaching the balloon to the back of the toy car using tape, ensuring it is tightly sealed. 2. Blow up the balloon and pinch the end to keep the air inside. 3. Release the air from the balloon, allowing it to propel the car forward. 4. Observe and measure the distance the car travels.

This simpler version eliminates the need for a drinking straw and string handle, making it easier for younger students or those new to STEM activities to participate. It still allows for exploration of air pressure and motion.

Same Version: Wind-Powered Vehicle

Materials needed: - Small toy car or vehicle - Balloon - Drinking straw - Tape - Scissors - String

Instructions: 1. Follow the instructions provided in the initial activity description to create the wind-powered vehicle. 2. Repeat the steps, using the same materials and process.

This version is the same as the original activity, providing consistency for students who have already completed it. It allows for further practice and reinforcement of the concepts learned.

More Complex Version: Adjustable Wind-Powered Vehicle

Materials needed: - Small toy car or vehicle - Balloon - Drinking straw - Tape - Scissors - String - Cardboard - Craft sticks - Hot glue gun (adult supervision required)

Instructions: 1. Start by cutting a piece of cardboard into a rectangular shape, slightly larger than the toy car. 2. Attach craft sticks to the bottom of the cardboard using hot glue, creating a base for the car to sit on. 3. Follow the instructions provided in the initial activity description to create the wind-powered vehicle, ensuring the drinking straw is securely attached to the cardboard base. 4. Experiment with different angles and positions of the drinking straw on the cardboard base, using tape to secure it in place. 5. Observe and measure the impact of the different angles on the car’s speed and distance traveled.

This more complex version adds an additional element of design and engineering. By allowing students to adjust the angle of the drinking straw, they can explore how it affects the car’s performance. It encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills.