Bottled Up Energy

The potential of a new vehicle design is great. Using the design process, teams draw and build a car out of a bottle. Their cars must take advantage of potential energy to make them move. The groups then test and modify their designs before making a final presentation to the rest of the class.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on what measurements to take to demonstrate the ability of the design
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals need access to Khan Academy to complete quizzes
  • Requires several materials to build the cars along with a track

  • Includes a lab report design for groups to organize their observations
  • Contains a rubric to score the final presentations

  • None
Common Core