MS-PS3-2 Potential Energy Lab Stations Activity

MS-PS3-2 Potential Energy 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-PS3-2. 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.

Potential Energy Lab Learning Objectives
1. Describe different types of potential energy.
2. Investigate the position of an object (relative to Earth’s surface) and the (gravitational) potential energy stored in the object.
3. Calculate the gravitational potential energy of an object.
4. Develop a model to describe the relationship between position or arrangement of an object (or objects) and potential energy.
5. Explain how applying a conservative force to an object (or objects) in a system generates potential energy.

Science Skills Station
Students will conduct an investigation at this station to investigate how distance above Earth’s surface impacts the (gravitational) potential energy of the object. Students will make measurements, calculations and graphs to explain how position impacts the potential energy of an object.

Narrative Station
Students will read a passage about potential energy. Students will also watch a video about how conservative forces (gravitational, spring and electric) can be used to store potential energy in an object.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas about potential energy. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will develop models at this station to describe how position affects the potential energy of an object. Specifically, students will model how gravitational, magnetic and electric forces impact the potential energy of a neutral, magnetic and charged object, respectively.

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. Students will design, build and test a catapult or slingshot to launch a marshmallow. Students should design the device so to maximize its ability to store (elastic) potential energy and thus, launch the marshmallow as far as possible. Students will be constrained in time and resources.

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 Computers or tablets
Small rubber or bouncy ball
Meter stick
Scale
Calculator
2 Magnets (with poles labeled)
2 Balloons
A piece of wool
Spring (such as from a push-pen)

If performing the directed synthesis project in class you will also need:
Popsicle sticks
Wood dowels or pencils
Spoons
Tin foil
Rubber bands
String
Bottle caps
Tape
Glue

Note: I strongly suggest allowing 90 minutes to complete the four SNAP stations. Allow two additional class periods to complete the directed synthesis project in class (if not delegating the project as an at-home assignment)

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