STEM Middle School Classroom Project
Students will work in groups to discover the phenomenon that occurs when a ping pong ball is placed above a straw and air is blown through the straw. Most people would expect the ping-pong ball to fly up and off to the side—but it doesn't. Due to Bernoulli's Principle, the ball will hover in the air above the straw. This project can end with a demonstration using a shop-vac or hair dryer with a ping-pong ball that will produce the same interesting results.
Updated July, 2015!
This kit includes
teacher instructions, student instructions (worksheet), grading rubrics, a demonstration video for the teacher, a materials needed sheet, and the related NGSS standards!
In the teacher demonstration video
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This activity will challenge students to work together in groups to complete the given task. These activities are fun, engaging, and the students will learn science in the process. Group work and problem solving are at the heart of these challenges.
Each activity challenge will end with a real-world
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NOTE: This product is a PDF file but also contains a link to all of the editable files
in a google drive folder. This gives you the ability to edit any rubrics or worksheet questions to fit your class!
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