Planetary Rescue Squad

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Ready, aim ... learn! Increase scholars' understanding of force, mass, distance, and angle using an engaging interactive. Pupils participate in a series of rescue missions where they launch supplies at a target with an adjustable cannon. The resource illustrates how force and launch angle affect the distance an object travels.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Pair learners and have them take turns launching the cannon
  • Create a competition to see who has the most successful launches with the fewest attempts
Classroom Considerations
  • Each student needs a computer with Internet access to complete the activity
  • Highlighted trajectories help users gauge the effectiveness of their launches and adjust accordingly
  • The interactive is a great tool for both introducing and reviewing force-mass-distance concepts
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