Key Topics: Gravity • Engineering Design Process • Mass
Developed by Sean Conley,
Marilyn Doerr, PhD and
Students consider scale when developing models of the Earth and moon that properly represent their mass and size. Students use their models to simulate the movement of the Earth and moon are the sun to determine if there is “dark side” of the moon.
Students model how celestial objects with different masses move with respect to each other. At the end of this activity, students conclude that objects with greater mass have a stronger gravitational pull and objects with less mass orbit objects with greater mass.
Students explore the environmental differences between the Earth and moon and hypothesize how the lack of atmosphere would impact humans on the moon. Then, students use the engineering process to design a protective suit for a marshmallow.
Students design their own mobiles using criteria, constraints, and the principles of balance and center or mass that they have explored throughout the day.
Students experiment with kinesthetic kinetic sculpture, including some using gears.
Students engineer automata using gears
Students learn about an artist who represents collisions with his work and use the premise to create their own crushable sculptures.
Students investigate gears and note the ways that gears can impact motion.
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