A clever way to demonstrate the transfer between potential energy and kinetic energy
A rolling can returns to its starting point on its own!? The Rollback Can provides an interesting example of energy transfer and storage.
Curriculum topics: Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, Energy Conservatio..
Use math to design roller coasters
What does math have to do with thrilling roller coaster rides? How high does a coaster need to be to successfully navigate through a loop and on to the end of the track? How is the speed of the coaster related to the height of the coaster’s starting position? Ex..
Explore the fun of energy conversion
Enjoy the hands-on experience of building and using the Roller Racer, a modern variation of an old favorite. Explore the application of simple machines and energy conversion and investigate how changes in stored energy can affect performance.
Design a work of art!
Design and create an original piece of art incorporates different materials and textures in this fun activity combining math and art.
Curriculum topics: Creativity, Expression, Problem Solving, Patterning, Geometry, Measurement
The string's the thing
Use colored string and simple cardboard shapes to create artistic designs based on intriguing mathematical patterns. Every pattern has infinite possibilities! String art is fun for all ages - to fix a mistake or try a new approach, just unwind the string!
Two activities in one!
Skewer a coil of magnet wire to create a simple spinning motor and create opposing magnetic fields using a coil of magnet wire and a ring magnet.The motor converts electrical energy into kinetic energy - the energy of motion.
Curriculum topics: Electricity, Magnetism, El..