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Hovercraft Science Fair Project

Updated on March 24, 2013

My Son's Hovercraft Science Experiment

It's that time of year again, the science fair. This year my my son chose to do a hovercraft experiment, he's in the seventh grade. The first step in the process of getting ready for the science fair is picking a topic. He liked the idea of a hovercraft because they interest him and he thought it would be a fun project. Making school work fun is half the battle, right?

At our middle school students are given the assignment of the science fair weeks in advance so they can be prepared. This is one of the biggest grades of the school year for science, it counts for 60% of his grade.

When getting ready for the science fair students must research their topic, do their experiment make a rough draft, final draft and finally complete a display presentation board.

Read below to see how my son did his hovercraft science project.

Problem

On Which Surface Will The Hoover Craft Fly The Furthest?

Hypothesis

I predict that the mini hovercraft will fly the furthest on the linoleum floor

Materials

  • Balloon
  • CD
  • Sports bottle cap
  • Hot glue
  • Fabric tape measure
  • Different types of surfaces laminate, linoleum, and carpet

Some Thing Needed For The Experiment

This science experiment is fun and easy on the pocketbook too. We already most of the things we needed at home such as a CD, glue gun and tape measure. I got a package of balloons from the dollars tree. Then I stopped at my local quick shop and found a kids drink with a sports bottle top. (my son enjoyed drinking it too.) Only had to spend 2 bucks plus tax to get the materials for the actual experiment.

Balloon Hovercraft Science Fair Project - Watch How This Young Girls Walk You Through The Experiment

This is the same experiment my son did, except instead of timing it he measured the distance. Knowing what we know now, if he were to do it again I would suggest timing it because it does tend to move in circles which makes it hard to measure. He was taught to measure it from another website or book he read.

Procedure

  1. Glue the sports bottle cap onto the CD where the hole is ( make sure the top is closed on the cap)
  2. Blow up a balloon approximately 24 inches
  3. Attach the balloon to the bottle cap without releasing any of it's air
  4. Open up the bottle cap to release the air (while the balloon is still attached)
  5. Measure the distance the hovercraft traveled

Hovercraft Testing Surfaces - Laminate, Linoleum, and Carpet Flooring

Data: - Hovercraft Distance

We transferred our collected data on this bar graph to make it look nice for the presentation board.

Variables

Independent: The type of surface used (linoleum, carpet, or laminate)

Dependent: How far the hovercraft will go on different surfaces

Hovercraft Display Board

Hovercraft Display Board
Hovercraft Display Board

Conclusion

Overall the hovercraft worked best on the laminate floor

Hovercraft Science Fair Project Reader Reviews - What Experiments Have Your Children Done For The Science Fair?

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      rgbft 2 years ago

      hmm cool project

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a similar lens on a science project. I love science project lenses. I'm a home school mom so it helps to have free resources online anywhere you can find them. **Blessed by an Angel**

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wow. simple. conclusive and fun

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Wow! This takes me back! My child hasn't yet entered a Science fair. However, many moons ago I was a Science Teacher and promoted Science to girls in our state. "Our" girls used to enter the biggest Science Fair in the county and they loved it. What a fantastic project your son chose!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great idea to share science fair projects! Well done!

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      RockingChairWisdom 4 years ago

      Anything that encourages our students to think through issues and experiment with their ideas is great. We need more of that thinking from our kids.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 4 years ago from Marryland

      @Michey LM: Thanks so much Michey, my husband helped a lot with the "centering" that is his speciality. He's a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to things like this.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Gee! You put a lot of work and thinking in this project, I like it!

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      Heather McGlaughlin 4 years ago from Marryland

      @anonymous: That sounds like a really cool project Ultra-LightFlying

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My grandson did a science project where he powered a digital clock with a potato and an orange. Good luck with his grade.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 4 years ago from Marryland

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you Vallain, I have been helping him get the display board together a good part of the day. Fingers crossed he gets a good grade.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      This is great for kids to learn the scientific method of testing out theories. Well done.