This demo uses the concept of weight distribution over a large area to carry students on balloons.
This trick only works if the balloons are not fully inflated. If this demonstration is done with fully inflated balloons, the rubber is already stretched out and is less elastic. Balloons that are only partially blown up still have the ability to stretch.
This is a recommended post-visit activity for a field trip to Science World at the TELUS World of Science.
Students will be able to:
- Describe the concept of weight and force distribution.
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