Physical Science

Unique Labs for Forces and Motion

When teaching the topics of forces and motion within the physical science classroom, are there any go to labs that are extremely impactful and memorable for students? I really want my students to experience this topic first hand since there is the capability to do so. I am on a block schedule and see the same set of students for 40 minutes in the morning, and then the same set of students in the afternoon for about 30 minutes. I am trying to find activities that would fit into that time schedule as well. 

Alexandria Twichell
Alexandria Twichell
508 Activity Points

What specifically are you teaching with force and motion? Is it just the basics such as kinetic and potential energy? Are you expecting students to do some of the actual math associated with force and motion? My 8th graders typically complete and engineering activity where they build and test rubber band race cars. They have to calculate speed, acceleration, force, work and identify the types of simple machines that make up their car. Rube Goldberg machines are always interesting for students to build and observe motion and simple machines.

Shalen Boyer
Shalen Boyer
4795 Activity Points

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