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Stretch Your Potential


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Stretch Your Potential

In this activity, learners create a toy that demonstrates the First Law of Thermodynamics or the Law of Conservation of Energy. By stretching the rubber band on the toy differently, learners explore the effects of potential energy on kinetic energy. The activity webpage includes a fun how-to video for learners and educators.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Bamboo skewer or 1/8″ wooden dowel cut to about 12 inches
  • Pliers or scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Rubber band
  • Drinking straw

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
      • Energy and Power
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Children's Museum of Houston, ©2010

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