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Why do swings swing?

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). Students take true agency over their learning as they design and conduct an experiment of their choosing to investigate an area related to the core ‘why’ phenomenon.

Build Guides

To do so, students will be required to build the following projects as part of the ‘Why do swings swing?’ lesson set:

  • The test cube
  • The hammer head
  • The hammer
  • The swinging hammer

Concepts

Use this lesson to guide your students while investigating and exploring the following aspects of physical science and/or engineering:

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