This investigation is all about scientific inquiry, getting students to plan and carry out investigations exploring levers, potential and kinetic energy, and Newton’s second law (F=ma).
Concept: Potential and kinetic energy
Energy is the ability to do work. In other words, energy is what causes changes to happen. Every time something moves, warms up, cools down, grows, makes a noise, or changes in any way, it uses energy.
Energy is the work that a certain force can do. Because there are different types of forces, there are many forms of energy.
Learn more about energy in the following Whybricks activities:
Why do rubber bands snap back?
This investigation is all about scientific inquiry, getting students to plan and carry out investigations exploring potential and kinetic energy as well as Newton’s second law (F=ma).
Why don’t playgrounds use motors?
This semi-open-ended lesson offers students a chance to demonstrate their understanding of physical science forces and simple machines in an engineering creation of their own design.