What you’ll need
- A balloon
- A straw
- A piece of string 3 to 5 meters long that passes easily through a drinking straw, e.g., linen thread or butcher’s twine
- Adhesive tape (e.g., masking tape)
How to do it
When you let go of the balloon, it zips along the string as air escapes.
What's the secret?
When you inflated the balloon, you'll have noticed how strongly you had to blow to get the air into it. And the more air you blew into the balloon, the more it pushed against the sides from inside. When you let go of the opening, the air quickly escaped from the balloon as a jet of air. This jet of air functions like jet force and propels the balloon forwards.
Rocket engines function according to the exact same principle: as the fuel burns inside the rocket, the gases produced escape through a nozzle and the rocket is propelled in the opposite direction. An octopus moves according to the same principle: by absorbing water into its body and then expelling it suddenly.