STEM Challenge - Design Thinking - Engineering - Gravity Activity

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Are you looking for a fun activity on gravity? Students will love learning about gravity in these lessons. This unit includes a STEM challenge on using gravity to lift something with a counterweight system. Students will learn that the gravitational force exerted by Earth causes objects to be directed downward.

Standards Addressed:

NGSS 5-PS2-1. Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

Utah SEEd Standard 3.3.3

Construct an explanation that the gravitational force exerted by Earth causes objects to be directed downward, toward the center of the spherical Earth. Emphasize that "downward" is a local description depending on one’s position on Earth. (PS2.B)

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Minimal Materials Needed: Apple, board, rope, paper cup, and small rocks

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This resource is created by Lynda R. Williams. If you have questions about Teaching Science resources, please contact me at lywilliams1@gmail.com

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NGSS5-PS2-1
Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down. “Down” is a local description of the direction that points toward the center of the spherical Earth. Assessment does not include mathematical representation of gravitational force.
NGSSMS-ETS1-1
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

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