Are you looking for a memorable, easy to implement, hands-on project to teach POTENTIAL and KINETIC ENERGY. This lesson works well with STEM and NGSS standards, and quickly engages students. Students will remember the concepts, explore using readily available household materials, and then synthesize their knowledge with follow up questions where students explore those concepts at a higher level.
See the concept in action here!
- Lesson plan and accompanying lab handouts: students create a pop can car. They will read the procedure, create the car, test different factors to make it go faster/slower/farther, and then read and answer questions about their activity. (studying potential and kinetic energy).
Materials needed: pop cans, rubber bands, paper clips, beads, masking tape, dowels or unsharpened pencils.
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