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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.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Motion in One Dimension

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.

Subject: Physics:Astronomy, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science

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.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Newton's Third Law

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.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics

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.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics

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.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Gravity

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.

Subject: Physics:General Physics:Vector Algebra

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.

Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry:Chemical Reactions:Stoichiometry, Physics:Fluid Mechanics

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.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics

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.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Projectile Motion

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