Students got to explore potential and kinetic energy with this activity. First, they pulled a rubber band back 1 cm or 10 mm and let it fly. They measured the distance of the flight and recorded their data. This was repeated 4 more times increasing the distance the rubber band was pulled back by 1 cm each time. Students practice measuring with and tape measure and ruler. They also perfected their skills of converting cm to mm. With this hands-on lab, they got to fully comprehend the difference between potential and kinetic energy. Madison exclaimed, "It was so fun to just go out and shoot rubber bands!" "I finally got to shoot a rubber band!," shouted Nataly! Patricio quoted, "This was awesome because we got to shoot rubber bands!!!!" Finally, the students also practiced graphing their collect data.
I hope you enjoy learning how the garden changes throughout the school year.