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Hands-on Activity

Wind-Up Winners

Fun Forces
Summary
In this activity, students will investigate the motion of wind-up toys. Students will determine a method to measure the distance each toy travels in a measured amount of time. Speed will be quantified for multiple toys and students will predict which toy would win a race. Then the class will race the wind-up toys to test their predictions!
Overview
Topic: Describing Motion
Real World Science Topics:
  • An evaluation of the motion of an object.
  • A comparison between movements of different objects.
Objective
After completing this activity, students will be able to measure the distance travelled by an object, including non-linear motion. Students will also be able to calculate speed and use their calculations to describe motion and make comparisons.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 1 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

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