STEMonstrations: Kinetic and Potential Energy

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A roller coaster is the perfect model of the conversion between potential and kinetic energy. An installment from the STEMonstrations playlist introduces the concept of kinetic and potential energy in a quick video before challenging learners to build their own roller coaster models. Pupils then use the models to explore the idea of energy conversion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils diagram the areas of minimum and maximum kinetic and potential energy on their roller coaster
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a specific set of materials and time for preparation
  • Expects a familiarity with the idea of energy transfer
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Pros
  • Demonstrates potential and kinetic energy in a zero-gravity situation
  • Encourages modeling as a strategy to help learn the concepts
Cons
  • None