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Oscillating Woodpecker


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    Florida Museum of Natural History

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Oscillating Woodpecker

In this activity, learners will experiment with the physics of forces - kinetic energy and friction while making a moving toy woodpecker. The activity explores connections of these forces to the natural world. Includes template, step by step instructions with video and a "What's going on" section including information on Florida woodpeckers. Requires scissor use.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Woodpecker template (pg. 2 of pdf)
  • A straw of a small piece of paper and pencil to make a straw
  • Rubber band
  • Tape or glue
  • Crayons
  • Woodpecker template (pg. 2 of pdf)
  • A straw of a small piece of paper and pencil to make a straw
  • Rubber band
  • Tape or glue
  • Crayons

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Toys

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Florida Museum of Natural History, ©2021

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