Seventh grade students learned about force and motion in a fun hands-on way. Students designed, engineered, built, and troubleshooted both roller coasters and catapults!
Building and testing both catapults and roller coasters was a good way to learn about the relationship between force, mass and acceleration.
Students also learned about accuracy, precision, and angles.
As a result, students are now able to describe how force affects the motion of a projectile, explain and compare the meanings of accuracy and precision, and explain the optimum angle for launching a projectile the farthest distance. Plus, the students had a total blast.