Cup Races

April 9, 2020

A little friendly competition can be a lot of fun and a great way to learn about force and motion.

Play Facilitator Kaylee Shapiro introduces Cup Racing a great activity to experiment with physical forces on a warm day. 


Materials | Supplies

  • string, fishing line, yarn, rope
  • chairs, trees, columns (sturdy anchor points)
  • water guns, spray bottles, hose, cups, water bottle
  • plastic cup, foam cup small containers

Concepts Explored

  • force and motion
  • eye hand coordination
  • hydraulic pressure

Discovery Starters

How does the size of the container effect the race?

Why is the cup moving? Did the amount of water matter to the speed? 

What surprised you about this activity?

Explore Further

Discover what else in your home uses pressure to move? 

Are there other activities where you need to coordinate your hands and eyes?

Additional Resources

Amazeum YOU: Build a Boat

Amazeum YOU: Water Painting

Amazeum YOU Build a Boat Activity Guide