# Cupid’s Arrow Balloon Physics Challenge – STEM Activity

We had so much fun creating the Rudolf Races that my kids begged me to come up with a new race. With Valentine’s Day around the corner I had the perfect idea: Cupid’s Arrow Balloon Physics Challenge! A fun way to learn Newton’s Third Law of Motion, while getting students up and moving.

## Cupid’s Arrow Balloon Physics Challenge

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The goal of this balloon physics challenge is to create your arrow out of a balloon. Then, using Newton’s third law of motion, have the arrow shoot along a string into a heart. Newton’s Third Law of Motion states: For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction.

## Supplies for Cupid’s Arrow Balloon Physics Challenge

Long, skinny balloons – these were surprisingly hard to find!
Construction paper
String
Straws
Tape
Scissors
Binder clips or kitchen clips (we found these worked best)
Anchor points – could be chairs, tables or even people holding the string

## Directions for Cupid’s Arrow Balloon Physics Challenge

Blow up your balloon or use a hand pump if you have one. Secure the end with an alligator clip so no air escapes. Decorate your balloon to look like an arrow using construction paper and tape.

ADAPTATION NOTE: What happens if you move the anchor points farther apart? Record the results and determine the distance your balloon can travel. Or change how much you inflate the balloon. How does that affect the results?

Thread your string through a straw, then secure the string to the two anchor points.

For fun, we attached a heart at the destination anchor point on our race course.

Attach your balloon to the straw using tape.

Pull the balloon back to the starting point. Carefully remove the clip and pinch the end between your fingers.