Pinwheel Rocket (Grade 6)

Subject: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms - Flight

Introduction: With this project students will develop an understanding of the action-reaction principle described in Newton's Third Law of Motion.

Your task is to design and construct a balloon- powered pinwheel. The faster the pinwheel spins the more exciting it will be for the children.

Design Specifications: The pinwheel must be made using only the materials provided.

drawing of balloon pinwheel


  • Wooden pencil with an eraser on one end,
  • Sewing pin
  • Party balloon
  • Flexible Drinking straw
  • Tape