Students will design an apparatus out of select materials to determine the required average force (Newtons) to transport a payload of material from one point to another.
This lab is designed to promote student inquiry. Students will design their own method to transport the payload using designated materials. The lab works great as a standalone or extension to other assignments. Minimal supplies are needed.
The lab is aligned to NGSS standards: MS - PS 2-2: Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
The lab also includes directions, inquiry questions, mathematical analysis, and an answer key.