MS-PS2-1 Collisions, Momentum & Newton's 3rd Law of Motion Lab Stations Activity

MS-PS2-1 Collisions, Momentum & Newton's 3rd Law of Motion Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-PS2-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Collisions, Momentum & Newton's Third Law Lab Learning Objectives
1. Apply Newton’s Third Law of Motion to describe what happens to objects that collide.
2. Discuss how momentum is conserved during a collision.

Science Skills Station
Students will conduct an investigation about collisions. They will observe what happens when a moving object collides with a stationary object and what happens when a moving object collides with a moving object of the same and different mass. Students will explain how the momentum of the objects changes based on their observations.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about Newton’s 3rd Law and how it applies to collisions. Students will also watch a video about collisions and momentum.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to Newton’s 3rd Law, collisions and momentum. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will study head-to-head injuries, current football helmets and new football helmets at this station. Students will identify the problem with a head-to-head injury and explain how current helmets help protect football players from injuries. They will evaluate new helmets designed by engineers and scientists and how these helmets intend to better protect football players.

Synthesis Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to best summarize the information in this lab. In the directed project, students will design, build and test a shock-absorbing device that mimics a spacecraft safely landing on a planet. The goal is to “deliver” an egg, without breaking it, and cargo (pennies) inside the device from a 10-foot drop.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
2 ping pong ball
2 golf balls
1 foot of Hot Wheels® straight track (or other toy vehicle track) 
2 computers

If performing the directed synthesis project in class you will also need:
Eggs (1 per team but have extra on hand)
Pennies (at least 10 per team)
Tissue paper and/or newspaper
String, pipe cleaners and/or straws
Rubber bands
Small cardboard boxes, shoe boxes or coffee cans
Tape or other adhesive

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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