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Lesson Title:
Wind up Cup Cars

Ms. Jami Turnquist (Primary)
Dr. Gabriel Bruguier

Brief Description:
This lesson talks about the types of energy and their use in mechanical engineering and engines.

Topics Introduced:
potential energy, kinetic energy, mechanical engineering
Suggested Grade Levels:
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade


Lesson Information

Learning Expectations:

Students will understand potential vs kinetic energy, as well as how it's applied to engineering and combustion in engines.

Plan Of Action:

Students will talk about kinetic and potential energy, mechanical engineering, and internal combustion in engines.

Data Set Used:

Students will be given rules and supplies for this activity.

Materials Needed:

1. Rubber bands
2. Wooden skewers
3. Plastic containers (i.e. mustard bottle)
4. Plastic container tops (small, medium, large -- water bottle cap, peanut butter cap, etc)
5. Tape
6. Glue
7. Knife or scissors

Preparation Period:

1. Download powerpoint to computer ahead of time and look through material.
2. Have an idea how many members you want in each group.
3. Have supplies ready for groups

Implementation Period:

Lesson will last approximately 45 minutes. Allow 10 minutes for powerpoint and questions, 20 minutes for building, 15 minutes for testing.

Lesson Files

Energy and Rubber Band Cars
Powerpoint for lesson
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