One activity my family and I just did this summer was a water balloon toss! We filled many balloons with water, but all the balloons had different amounts in them. We weren't being scientific at the time because our main goal was fun. But during the toss competition, I started noticing some differences. Some water balloons broke very easily when tossing back and forth. Other water balloons bounced off hands and off of concrete like bouncy balls! How could this be? What was the difference? This made me think of this month's STEM Challenge. Your challenge is to construct the best device for catching a water balloon without it breaking during a water balloon toss. What will be the best material to use? Are there items already designed or things from nature you could replicate? How far will your design last?
Your water balloon catcher does have some criteria and constraints. The water balloon being tested should be about the same size for all designs. The same distance should be used when tossing back and forth to the water balloon catcher.
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