Hovercraft Science Fair Project
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.
On Which Surface Will The Hoover Craft Fly The Furthest?
I predict that the mini hovercraft will fly the furthest on the linoleum floor
- 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.
- Glue the sports bottle cap onto the CD where the hole is ( make sure the top is closed on the cap)
- Blow up a balloon approximately 24 inches
- Attach the balloon to the bottle cap without releasing any of it's air
- Open up the bottle cap to release the air (while the balloon is still attached)
- 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.
Independent: The type of surface used (linoleum, carpet, or laminate)
Dependent: How far the hovercraft will go on different surfaces
Hovercraft Display Board
Overall the hovercraft worked best on the laminate floor