Potential and Kinetic Energy STEM

Potential and Kinetic Energy STEM
Potential and Kinetic Energy STEM
Potential and Kinetic Energy STEM
Potential and Kinetic Energy STEM
Potential and Kinetic Energy STEM
Potential and Kinetic Energy STEM
Potential and Kinetic Energy STEM
Potential and Kinetic Energy STEM
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(3 MB|8 pages)
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NGSS4-PS3-2
NGSS4-PS3-4
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Use two hands on STEM activities to allow students to investigate the energy transformations between potential and kinetic energy. Each activity allows the students to build a device that runs on stored energy in a rubber band. In the Wind up Racer, the students build their racer, wind them up to store potential energy, and let them so to see it change into kinetic energy. In the roll back can, the students build their cans, and then push them away from them. The can slowly comes to a stop and magically rolls back to the student. Each activity follows the Engineering design cycle allowing students to make a plan, build, and then test them out and revise as needed. Finally, after completing the activities, the students can complete a review worksheet about energy transformations.

NGSS Aligned:

4-PS3-4 Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

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NGSS4-PS3-2
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.
NGSS4-PS3-4
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints could include the materials, cost, or time to design the device. Devices should be limited to those that convert motion energy to electric energy or use stored energy to cause motion or produce light or sound.
Total Pages
8 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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