Making Moon Craters

Create an egg-citing study of energy. Pupils investigate the effect of height and mass on the overall amount of energy of a falling object. The fourth segment in a six-part series on energy uses a weighted egg falling from different heights to create craters. Pupils measure the depth of the craters as a measurement of the amount of energy in the egg.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Put a fine layer of powdered paint across the surface of the flour; this allows the class to see how far the flour travels due to the impact
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes the class understands the idea of conversion of energy
  • Requires plastic eggs, pennies for weight, and a tub of flour

  • Includes an answer key to the assessment
  • Contains a data collection sheet to organize measurements

  • None
Common Core