Circle of Pong

This Circle of Pong lesson plan also includes:

A STEM lesson presents a simulation of placing a scientific instrument in a lava flow. Teams design and build a device that can place a ping pong ball in a cup from a distance of at least three feet. They test and refine the device before demonstrating it to the class and reflecting upon its design.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Increase the rigor of the activity by requiring the device to work with balls of varying masses
  • Have groups sketch their devices before labeling the different parts and their purpose
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a test site that has a six-foot diameter
Pros

  • Includes links to websites to gain more information about kinetic and potential energy
  • Uses a three-step design process to keep the activity short
Cons

  • None