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Junior Solar Sprint Series: Gears and Drive Belts
Activate middle schoolers' minds with this physical science activity. Learners vary the diameter of gears and the number of teeth on them to find how energy output is affected. This writeup features well-developed background information for the teacher and provides a laboratory worksheet for the learners.
5th - 8th Science
The Gear Game
Students discuss that the conservatin of energy states that the energy imput must equal the energy output. They then figure out how can a machine help you to perform task otherwise considered impossible? Students discuss the six simple machines and give examples of each.
9th - 12th Math
Mountain Biking - Riding Uphill
Mountain biking sounds like a lot of fun, but it also sounds like a lot of hard work! You have to get uphill to enjoy the ride downhill. Learn about shifting gears to go uphill and to keep your weight balanced properly. This is one lesson out of five in this mountain biking unit.
7th - 12th Physical Education
Simple Machines V - Wheels and Axles and Gears
Fourth graders investigate the principles and uses of gears, and examine how gears can be used to alter the direction of motion or the speed of an object. They observe two cars with different sized wheels roll down an inclined plane, and conduct an experiment using a gear factory kit.
The Mag Mile and ... Torque!
Students use paper plates and detailed directions to build a model of the Michigan Avenue Bridge's gear system. By carefully measuring and cutting "teeth" for the gears of the "Gear Train," they create small gear that will intersect the larger gears, and calculate the amount of torque and power required to move the bridge leaf.
9th - 12th Science
Gears: A Simple Machine
Fifth graders put one axle in each of four gears finding or making a mark on each gear. They label one gear as the driver, and one as the follower and put the two gears on the baseboard with the marked teeth touching and then turn the driver one complete time around clockwise watching the follower and recording how many times the follower turns and in what direction.
Ghostbusting in the Chesapeake
Ghost pots, fishing gear lost during crabbing expeditions, continue to trap crabs that are never collected. Increase your budding ecologists' awareness of human impact on the environment as well as conservation efforts using this resource. Links to an interesting video, a slide show, actual fishing gear data, and a worksheet are provided.
9th - 12th Science
Marketing to Teens: Marketing Tactics
Enlighten young consumers to advertising techniques aimed specifically at their generation. Have learners answer questions about how advertisements are geared for a younger audience, then have them practice selling to other teenagers. Afterward, writers analyze the techniques they used and agree or disagree with some statements listed.
8th - 12th English Language Arts
Working with Watermills
In collaborative groups, emerging engineers or environmental scientists plan and construct a water wheel or watermill that rotates for a total of three minutes. Everything you need to carry out this lesson is included: objectives, background information (both historical and scientific), and more!
3rd - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable