Action Figure Diver

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Will your next buoyancy lab rise to the occasion? Make a splash with action figure divers! Teams of young physicists explore the relationship between mass and buoyancy by adding weights or balloons to achieve a diver that neither sinks nor floats. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Kick off the activity using the excellent questions in the guide
  • Ask pupils to bring their own action figures to use during the experiment
Classroom Considerations
  • Depending upon class size, provide enough materials for several small groups and one or two buckets of water for testing the divers
  • Younger learners would benefit from a discussion before the activity about their experiences swimming or watching marine animals swim
  • Teacher's guide is very organized and contains everything needed to plan and execute a flawless buoyancy study
  • The content is very relatable, even for young scientists with no experience with buoyancy
  • None
Common Core