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KU Society of Women Engineers Balloon Car Design Challenge

Sat Nov 20, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST
Community Partner
Lawrence Area
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Through engineering and designing a balloon-powered car, participants will garner a greater understanding of the different types of energy and an introduction to the concept of propulsion. Participants will research potential and kinetic energy before this event to foster a pre-design discussion about the physics behind the balloon car. After brainstorming possible balloon car designs, participants will work in a group to design, build, and test a functioning balloon car! Throughout this process, participants will be encouraged to adapt and modify their original designs to overcome challenges they meet. After each team produces a final balloon car design, we will test the cars, analyze the results, and brainstorm ways to improve the design in the future! At the end of this event, participants will receive the Junior Mechanical Engineering Badge 2: Balloon Car Design Challenge.

You will receive your Balloon Car Design Challenge badge at this event, so register today!

Cost Per Girl:
Cost Per Adult: N/A

Registration Requirements:  Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. REGISTER ONLINE NOW. Registration deadline is Nov. 6.

Questions? Contact Nasrin Shahlari at

Location: The University of Kansas School of Engineering LEEP2, room G415 1536 W 15th St, Lawrence, KS 66045

Badge Connections: Junior Badge: Balloon Car Design Challenge

Outcomes: Displays positive values, Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout outcomes.

About this partner: The Society of Women Engineers is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. SWE has been a champion for women engineers for nearly 70 years.