Explore the questions "How does SPEED affect energy?" and
"How does MASS affect energy?"
For this activity, student internet access required. Students use a free and easy to access online program (printed on the document for kids to enter). They "play" with object size and velocity of objects in a catapult and then measure and record the resulting energy. It includes the manipulation of variables, the collection of data, and data analysis. It's fun, highly engaging, and directly supports understanding of MS-PS3-1. This can be used as an in-class activity or a take-home assignment. A nice extension of this activity (not on the document) is to have students graph the data they collect during the activity.
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Graphing MASS and SPEED versus ENERGY Activities using
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