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Accessible Solar System on a String part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Explore the solar system using your senses.

Investigating Motion: Calculating and Graphing Students Walking Speed part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather data on their motion and how it compares to another person.

What Does Meteor Size Have to Do with Crater Size? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This field investigation involves student dropping various objects into various mediums to find answers to questions that they propose, dealing with meteors and craters.

Conservation of Momentum using Rollerblades and a medicine ball part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This active demonstration investigates the law of conservation of momentum using a person on rollerblades and a thrown medicine ball.

Experiencing Newton's 3rd law with match stick rockets part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a field investigation where students experience Newton's 3rd law of motion.

Water Bottle Rockets - etc! part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this science lab, students investigate Newton's Laws of Motion. Students will make and fly water bottle rockets, as well as measure the height of each rocket's flight.

First Class Levers part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an investigative introduction to class 1 levers. Students create levers and record observations to determine the use and components of a lever.

What Does The Sun Do? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where the students observe shadows and reflections to learn about the sun.

Investigating gravity: Predicting time to hit the ground, and finding that dropped and horizontally shot objects hit the ground at the same time. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This physics activity is a projectile motion / gravity investigation where students drop and shoot (horizontally) soft balls from different heights and record the time taken to hit the ground. Students make a trendline to predict the time it will take the ball to hit the ground from a certain height. Students will also discover that shot and dropped balls hit the ground at the same time.

States of Matter: Which Will Propel the Balloon? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity models the states of matter and students investigate those states with a balloon/straw rocket.

Motion: Speed of Automobiles part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this activity students will determine the speed of a moving vehicle using a stopwatch and meter stick. Then convert units of meters/sec to miles/hr.

Analyzing the motion of a marble down a ramp part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lab activity has students rolling a marble down a ramp to study position, velocity, and acceleration.

Orienteering with Vectors part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity involves using orienteering to gain understanding of vector addition and finding the resultant vector.

Torpedo Designing Contest part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This project is a classroom investigation where students design a chemical torpedo out of pipettes, baking soda and vinegar to travel down a rain gutter. While working on the project the students will have to analyze their design, interpret their success and failures, adapt their creation and compete against other students in distance and velocities of their launched torpedo.

What makes things move? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an inquiry approach to teaching what force is. Students will learn what push, pull, gravity, and friction are.

Water Bottle Rockets- Understanding Energy part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lab activity is an exploration of Newton's Three Laws, forces and energy. Students will design, build, launch and analyze rocket data.

The Optimal Bottle Rocket Lauch part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a computer and outdoor lab based activity in which students design two bottle rockets that are designed to reach maximum height. Students will calculate maximum height and terminal velocity for each rocket launched.

Newton's Second: Having A Ball With Motion part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students design and test a gravity ball launcher, record their observations, and share their findings in the large group setting.

Investigating Flight with Paper Airplanes part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will determine a testable question and create an experiment related to flight of paper airplanes. They will gather and record data and present their findings to classmates.

Visualizing Sun Position of the Seasons part of Cutting Edge:Visualization:Examples
The goal of the exercise is to help students visualize and better understand how the sun changes apparent position over the course of the seasons.