In this activity , students will make a car powered by the elastic energy of a balloon.
This car converts potential energy into kinetic energy, unlike your family car which converts chemical energy into kinetic energy
Balloons are elastic and store potential energy when they are filled with air. When the air is released, the potential energy is converted into the energy of motion, which is also known as kinetic energy. This is the energy you see when the car is propelled forward.
The more potential energy is stored, the more kinetic energy the car will have when you let it go!