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Water balloon drop challenge

Water balloon drop challenge

Put your engineering skills to the test with this classic challenge for kids!

How good are you at engineering?

Your challenge: design a ‘moon lander’ spacecraft that can carry a precious water balloon safely to the ground from a great height.

A fun workshop where children learn how NASA engineers design spacecraft to land on extra-terrestrial planets. Specifically tests children’s ability to problem solve using a set amount of materials and a time limit.

Content covers deceleration, crumple zones, cushioning, retro rockets, extraterrestrial atmospheres and current NASA space missions. Great holiday program fun!

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Every holiday period, Fizzics Education present holiday programs workshops for local council libraries, vacation care centres, OOSHC and at our own venues. These workshops are designed to cater for a wide range of ages, even the adults join in! Book early to avoid disappointment. A school holiday program treat!

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Critical thinking run in a fun way!

How might the kids approach this challenge? Some kids find that they will work best in teams where as others would like to work by themselves. Either way, we always see different approaches to solving the time-based challenge and have seen some spectacular results! The key to the session is the kids listening into stories on how NASA has used a variety of techniques to land precious spacecraft on planets, moons and more. Our presenter will work with your staff to guide the students through the challenge and give helpful hints along the way.

Where does this all happen?

The session can work perfectly well inside a room as we don’t give any water balloons to the children until the last minute (hey, an astronaut wouldn’t sit around while a spaceship was built around them!). It is preferable to have some high ground such as stairs or a balcony to drop the spacecraft from however we can also work with simply standing on a chair. We will use a box to contain the water from spilling everywhere.

Vacation Care Reviews

Mosman Library

Lots of hands on stuff for kids to do. I liked the appeal to a range of ages which is good for us. Will definitely keep you guys in mind for the next time.


  • Appropriate for children aged 7 years and up, maximum 30 students.
  • 2 tables arranged around the front of the room.
  • Chairs not required.
  • A high place to drop the created spacecraft is preferable but not essential.
  • Duration 60 minutes.
  • Set up time 20 minutes and pack up time 30 minutes.

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and we’ll tailor a program to suit both your site and the State’s social distancing requirements.

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  • $495 inc. GST per workshop

Call 1300 856 828, or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your site.
For sites outside of metropolitan areas please contact us to discuss how this workshop can visit your site as part of a regional visit

We don’t charge per site as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your office. Most sites tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions please contact us.

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