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You Can't Take It With You


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    American Association for the Advancement of Science

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You Can't Take It With You

This activity models the necessary balance of creating power and cleaning up its associated waste. Learners participate in a game where they attempt to move forward toward a goal. For the power generated (step forward) they gain some waste (inflated balloon). Learners must manage the waste (discard balloons), before they can continue to generate power (move forward). When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment. As a larger assessment, learners can complete the Smart Attack game after they've completed several activities.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Balloons (24 or more)
  • Masking tape
  • Large area

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories


  • Games
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes assesments for student learning

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation

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