We spent most of our morning in Roller Coaster Physics. First we explored kinetic and potential energy and the Law of Conservation of Energy with a couple of video clips, a SMARTBoard classifying activity, and even a few jumping jacks. Next we learned about centripetal force and how it relates to roller coasters. Don't be surprised if your child comes home asking for a bucket and a piece of rope! See what your child can tell you about how centripetal force works. Next we received mail from Ms. Igoa Roundenround. She was having big trouble with several of her coasters at Roller Coaster World and needed our help! Groups of students worked together to read and investigate each coaster, summarize the problems and recommend their best solutions including the scientific support. I was so pleased with their analysis and use of scientific vocabulary and information.
Finally, I introduced the Marble Coaster Project. This is a culminating project requiring students to apply all their physics knowledge. Students will work at home, alone or with a partner, to construct a coaster that will make the marble run for at least ten seconds. It should be made mostly of things you can find around the house, with each project having a spending limit of $10. We watched a video of some examples today and talked about all of the requirements and guidelines. This project is due on February 8, 2017. Mark your calendars...you're invited to the Coaster Competition! For homework students should show you the handout with all the details and begin brainstorming ideas and materials and thinking about their coaster designs so I can answer any questions next week. They can feel free to go ahead and start building.
Marketing Firms completed their board meetings today to decide which advertisements do the best job of marketing their fictional products and then completed a plan for sharing this "pitch" with the class. They were very thoughtful and I heard great discussion and use of marketing vocabulary. Next they divided up the parts and the tasks. Next week they will pull it all together and present their final pitch at the Product Pitch Palooza!
Homework this week:
1. Show you the roller coaster project letter and begin work. Please sign the letter to indicate that you have read over the guidelines with your child.
2. Practice their parts for the Product Pitch Palooza.
3. Complete any Marketing items as needed (website, promotional items, product package, etc.) Marketing Firms talked about this in class.
See below for some photos from STRIDE in January. Don't miss the centripetal force ones from today!