D.I.Y. Science – Make your own Model Hovercraft


4 & 7

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The D.I.Y. Science series contains some of our favourite experiments for kids to try at home. They are designed to help school teachers and carers inspire a child’s curiosity in science. It’s time to get hands-on.

Use your knowledge of frictional forces to make your own hovercraft in this episode of D.I.Y Science.

This resource is well suited to Year 4 and 7 Physics students who are learning about forces, and in particular, friction.

D.I.Y Science: Make your own hovercraft

Learn how to make your own model hovercraft that will slide along on a layer of air.

Video Length: 2:00 mins

With thanks to Questacon.

Have you ever been on a hovercraft before? Ever wondered how do they travel over both water and land? Find out by trying the activity in this short video.

What you’ll need:

1 x balloon
1 x pop-top lid from a juice popper or detergent bottle
1 x old CD
1 x piece of Blu-tac

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Years: 4, 7


Physical Sciences – Forces

Additional: Careers, Technology, Engineering

Concepts (South Australia):

Physical Sciences – Forces and Motion


4 & 7