Help your students understand how the distance between the effort and the load on a first class lever affects how much force is needed to move an object through this hands-on experiment. Students will create makeshift levers using straws, tape, and rulers. Using the levers, they then work together to measure how many paperclips it takes to move an eraser (or other small object) when the fulcrum is at different distances from the load.
Activity includes directions, a blank lab report to allow your students to do their own science lab write-ups, pre-made data chart, and a question page to deepen students' understanding of their data.
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