Mechanical Energy Teacher Resources
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Twisting and turning through the sky, roller coasters are popular attractions at amusement parks around the world, but how exactly do they work? Explore the physics behind these thrilling rides with an engineering design activity. Starting with a discussion of potential and kinetic energy and the law of conservation of energy, young engineers apply these concepts as they work in groups creating roller coasters using flexible plastic tubing and marbles.
3rd - 7th Science
Rubber Band Racers
After reading a brief overview of automobile history and introduction to energy and motion, automotive engineering teams plan, construct, test, and evaluate a rubber-band-powered car. This manipulative experience can enrich understanding of kinetic and potential energy, so consider using the instructional activity in a physical science class or, as intended, an engineering class.
3rd - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
Wow! Colorful and simple, these 160 slides introduce the various forms of energy, along with a relevant image. Some of the images are animations, which help beginning physical scientists to visualize the flow of electrons or energy! This PowerPoint would be great to bring energy concepts to your class, including transformation of energy, energy transfer, and the law of conservation of energy.
4th - 8th Science
Qualitative Examples of Conservation of Mechanical Energy
Instructions for series of six activites, a reading of scientific literature, and a choice of six assessments await you in this physics resource. Well-written plans guide you in guiding your pupils to experiment with levers, pulleys, rolling marbles, springs, and more.
9th - Higher Ed Science
Investigation: Conservation of Energy
By rolling marbles down a six-foot length of track, physical scientists determine how much energy is lost to heat. It is recommended that you opt for the foam pipe insulation track because more friction slows the marble, allowing learners more time to measure, and the tracks can then be rolled up for more than one space option when storing for future use.
5th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Investigation: Water Wheel
Middle school scientists construct a working water wheel from an aluminum pie pan. Because of the sharp edges on the cut aluminum, this activity is for mature learners only. You could have your class compete to see whose wheel can lift the most weight, or have them share maximum weights to be graphed by each individual student.
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
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
Seventh graders explore about energy transformations and trace them in a simple closed system. They build energy "chains" of their own design. Pupils complete a hands-on project where they attach the "links" in a "chain" connecting a battery (chemical energy), wires (electrical energy), and a small motor (mechanical energy), and then add additional "links" of their choices.
Urban heat Islands: An Introduction to Energy Transfer and Transformation
Elementary school physical scientists explore kinetic mechanical energy by dropping a golf ball on different surfaces. They discuss how human made materials might react to light differently from nature made materials. This lesson plan includes directions for the lab investigation as well as talking points for a lecture.
4th - 6th Science
Work and Energy: Forms and Changes
Your introductory physical science class will be energized by this PowerPoint. They will be able to define energy, work, and power. They will be able to perform calculations for kinetic and potential energy. They will be able to describe the various simple machines and forms of energy.
7th - 12th Science
New Review Energy in a Nutshell
Reduce the work it takes to plan a physics lesson on energy with the help of this instructional presentation. Beginning with clear explanations of kinetic and potential energy, this resource continues on to familiarize young scientists with the concepts of work, power, and mechanical advantage.
11th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable
Steamship Portland: Where's the Energy?
Young scholars examine how steamships operate. They describe the necessary energy conversions. They construct a model paddlewheel ship. They use rubber bands as examples of potential and kinetic energy as they unwind and set the models in motion.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Typical Numeric Questions for Physics I - Work and Energy
A total of 29 word problems furnish practice in solving for work, energy, and force. A few of the questions display diagrams to help learners visualize the systems, and all of them list five choices from which they select the correct answer.
9th - Higher Ed Science
Students engage in an activity which demonstrates how potential energy (PE) can be converted to kinetic energy (KE) and back again. Given a pendulum height, students calculate and predict how fast the pendulum will swing by understanding conservation of energy and using the equations for PE and KE.
6th - 8th Math
Medieval EnergyMedieval Evergy
What a creative way to introduce the Law of Conservation of Energy! Learners create a medieval weapon called a trebuchet in order to explore the concept of kinetic energy and potential energy. There are worksheets, resource links, and other materials that make this lesson a wonderful way to explore this topic.