Nervous System - Neuron Speed Lab Activity
Learn about the nervous system by analyzing the speed of a neuron's impulse. Students will apply their knowledge of the nervous system with this exciting lab in which they assemble as a group to determine just how long it takes for a message to travel. Da
This is a simple yet effective lab where students create rotocopters from the included template and investigate the variables that affect the rotocopter's falling speed. This lab will reinforce the concept of independent and dependent variables AND introduce speed, average speed, and even terminal v
Here is a hands-on lab that helps students calculate and investigate speed using a live specimen. You can collect snails from your garden or buy them online. You need one snail per group of 4 students. You will also need butcher paper for each group.
In this lab, students will get the opportunity to run, take measurements, and calculate average speed. Directions are provided for the students at the top of the lab WKST. Lab works best when ran on a football field. Students will need a cell phone or stop watch to measure how much time it takes
This activity sheet will help students practice calculating speed and evaluating the relationship between distance and time. This activity can be used as an introduction to a lesson on forces and motion or as a culminating activity to a lesson on speed.
This speed lab is a fun and easy way to get the kids up and thinking about the meaning of speed. In this lab, students perform three different types of movements, sideway skip, bunny hop, and walking backwards. The students measure their distance, record time, and calculate their speed. They ana
Have your students practice calculating speed with this fun speed lab! Students will perform a series of tasks and then calculate the speed for each. After calculations, students will compare their group's speed with other lab groups to determine "Who's the Fastest in the Class?"
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Great, engaging, hands on lab that help solidify the concept speed.
Students will collect data as they run hot wheels along a pre-measured distance and record the time it takes the vehicles to travel. The collected data is used to calculate speed and is compared to different hot wheels cars. There
This is a 4 page lab designed for 8th grade physical science class. Students use 3 toy cars (must move at a constant speed) to calculate speed. Students measure time with stopwatches at each meter over a five meter straight course. They then take a class average for time and plot each car on a grap
This lab uses wind-up toys to calculate speed. All material and equipment needed for this lab is listed on the datasheet
*One wind-up toy per team
*One stopwatch per team
Students will use the marker and string as needed. If the toys travels in a crooked line, student will use
Students will calculate the speed of a matchbox car as it travels down a ramp made from textbooks and cardboard. Students will also graph their results.
These are full sized pages.
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In this lab students will use dominoes to explore the concept of speed (speed=distance/time). In small groups or pairs, students will set up rows of dominoes along a standard length and time the dominoes as they fall. They will record their data, and calculate the speed the dominoes fell. The st
This lab explores the topics of density, liquid viscosity, and speed. The lab is designed to be able to laminate the actual procedure (front to back) and have students write and collect data on the remaining pages.
This is a fun lab activity that I do with my 8th grade physical science, however that activity can be altered to fit your specific age group. Students, in pairs, will cross a gym using a variety of methods and determine the speed for each. The worksheet (4 pages total), follows the scientific meth
Students go to five different stations to calculate the speed of an object/toy. Simple two page lab. Second page has higher level questions including some about mechanical energy and more speed problems.
This is a 2 page low-tech lab for an academic level introductory physics or physical science that focuses on the relationship between distance covered and time traveled for an object moving at (nearly) constant velocity. It includes data table, graphing, and analysis questions. Ideally, it should
This is an fun, active, outdoor lab that requires students to time their classmates who volunteer to run a 50 meter sprint. Students will calculate average speed during Part 1 of the lab and instantaneous speed during Part 2. They will also create a colored multi-line graph in which each runner is
Students will learn about calculating speed and acceleration in a mock training session for Olympic speed walkers. Can be used as a laboratory or classroom activity. Students will collect data, and calculate the velocity and acceleration for different intervals of the time-trial. Data is then ana
Suzanne Buras's 5th graders love this STEM scientific method activity, A Lab on the Rate of Speed! The activity can be used to teach both content (Force and Motion) and how to follow the Scientific Method and complete a Science Fair Project.
The activity takes the students from the beginning with
Students will design a track for a toy car, and measure distance and displacement of the track. They will also create a ramp for toy cars, and will calculate the speed of the car after recording the time and distance car traveled.
Students will calculate speed in a hands-on way!
Two day lab to have student utilize knowledge of speed while incorporating math skills and graphing skills
"A central property of motion is speed—the rate at which distance is covered. By rate, we mean how much or how many of something per unit of time: how many kilometers traveled in an hours, how
My students favorite lab. "Do you want to know how fast you throw?"
Students calculate the speed in feet/sec then convert to mph
Fun outdoor lab
Make sure to get the "graphs"
Make sure to get the Free mph conversion sheet.
This student centered lab will require a toy car and measuring tape/meter stick. Students will discover how force impacts the relationship between distance and time. Students will test and record their findings in the table and answer reflection questions.
Students explore the concept of speed and how to calculate it in this interactive, fun lab. Students will first have an opportunity to read about a real-life example of speed and its fatal effects followed by a "racing cars" lab, in which students send balloon cars down a length of string and measur
STEM-Lab to reinforce average speed=distance/time.
Fun and the only things needed are toy cars that go forward after pulling back, stop watch, tape, and a meter stick.
Students will follow the scientific method to find average speed, fill in a data table, and graph.
Using self-constructed balloon rockets, students will explore the effects of different variables on speed. They will adjust the amount of air in the balloon and the angle of the launch path of the rocket. This lab calls for the students to graph and analyze their results, use their data to prove o
Description: Students will examine how long sugar cubes dissolve in hot and cold water to compare how things happen at different rates.
Florida Sunshine State Standard(s): SC.1.E.6.3 Recognize that some things in the world around us happen fast and some happen slowly.
In this lab, students will change the height of a ramp to affect the speed of a marble. Students observe that the higher the ramp, the faster the speed of the marble. Students may use this lab to review how to find speed, creating a line graph, and the scientific method. The lab ends with writing a
Learn how mass can affect the terminal speed of a freely falling object. Students will create their own paper helicopter and measure its terminal speed! A simple, fun and easy lab to drive home the idea of constant motion and balanced forces.
Students will perform a "speed" lab. Lab involves rolling a tennis ball and a softball from various distances and using a stopwatch to record the times. With the distance and with the times you can calculate the speed of the object.
The Graphs for the Lab are on a separate page. xls. Excell
Problem base learning with Speed. Students are given a problem, of footsteps found on a back porch. Students must investigate this problem through a series of tests. Students create their own ticker tape machine with accounting tape and a marker. Students then practice calculating speed by measuring
In this lab student break into groups of 4-5 and take turns running a certain distance, timing themselves and calculating their speed. From there, they compare their data with other groups and draw conclusions about the relationship between speed, distance and time.
Students will practice measuring and calculating speed through a hands on activity.
Materials required: meter stick and stop watch (one per lab group)
The document states "sixth grader" but is suitable for other grades and is in word form so is easily editable to modify for your students.
Now that students have learned the basic equation that starts kinematics, it’s time to start getting better results that don’t rely on human reaction time! I use this lab to introduce the use of photogates. The lab in itself is actually quite simple and does not require much time. My students ar
Get your students OUTSIDE, and loving motion with this fun lab! This lab has students apply their understanding of calculating speed by having them work collaboratively with their peers to measure distances, travel in fun ways, and then calculate the speed.
This lab is best when done after the lesso
One of the greatest things about these labs is that each student (or lab group) is responsible for generating their own data, which leads to individual answers. The problem is that grading can be complicated…until now! These grading spreadsheets were originally only available on CD-ROM…but now the
Great resource to get kids up and moving to determine their speed of skipping and walking different distances. Addresses prior knowledge of speed, distance, and time to lay the foundation for a physical science course.
30 labs for $35!!! Significantly cheaper than purchasing the lab activities one at a time!
As a beginning teacher I struggled with providing lab experiences for my students due to a number of reasons. Most labs involved expensive technology that my school did not have, labs utilized expensive equ
Average Speed Lab - The average speed lab is a plug and play unit that is meant to accompany my FREE Mad Science Station Lab Series. Download that start-up guide to learn more about how to use it in the classroom.
In this unit the students will learn how to calculate the average speed of an object
DEFINING MOTION LESSON
This is a full lesson that introduces motion, reference point, displacement, distance, vector and scalar quantities, speed, velocity, and acceleration. Use this lesson to teach the basics of motion and lead into graphing motion and kinematics. This works well for both physi