SS Day 12: Energy Skate Park

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

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Build the skate park to match your partner’s bar chart.

After introducing work and power yesterday, we spent summer school today with ideas of kinetic and gravitational potential energy, wrapping up finally with the Law of Conservation of Energy.

I showed the kids Energy Skate Park and asked them to build a skate park then tell their partner only how many track segments were on their park. The builder would show only his energy bar chart to his partner, who would then build a park that mimics the graph. The hardest part of this was that the skate park loops and kids had a hard time recognizing when/where it repeated.

Two days of summer school left for me — teaching half of the summer school course has been absolutely awesome and I plan to sign up next year.

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