An experiment in speed and motion!
Experiment taken from McGraw-Hill 5th Grade Physical Science Textbook
Students create a marble launcher using an index card and use a marbel, meter stick, and timer to determine the speed in which it will travel.
To create the marble launcher, student will fold the index card lengthwise (like a hot dog). In my class we measured the index card and all decided to create a standard of where to place the marble to launch from. Feel free to place your mark anywhere on the index card, as long as it stays the same for each trial. For example, we measured the index card and found the middle. Everyone started their marble RIGHT on the middle line.
Three independent variables: 1 meter distance, 2 meters distance, 3 meters distance
Teaches students how to work with variables, motion, and calculate speed.
Lots of fun!
*Simply the handout is available- not the launcher template. See internet for tutorials, or create your own launcher!*