Xtreme STEM
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The Science of Motion

Term 4 - 2019

The Science of Motion

 

Join us this term for The Science of Motion!

  • You will learn to calculate velocity as we find out which animals you could outrun!
  • You’ll discover if a straight-line really is the fastest way in our Hot Wheels Velocity Lab
  • Can you throw an egg as hard as you can and find a way to save it?
  • Learn how cats always land on their feet
  • Explore impulse forces as you use a real blowgun!
  • Figure out how a pendulum makes a clock work, then use maths to build a pendulum wave machine!
  • Learn Newton’s Laws as you finish the term with a bang – from a cannon

 

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GET READY

Here is a checklist to help you get ready for your first day of class

  • $ Ensure your invoice is paid (email / text us immediately if you did not receive one)
  • Pack Check the Lesson Plan each week to see what you need to bring (see below)
  • Pencil Get required Materials (see below)
  • Laptop Download required Software / Apps (see below)
  • Clock Check what time your class starts - Schedule
  • Facebook Join theXtremeSTEM FaceBook Group (also turn on Notifications)
  • Excited Get Excited!

MATERIALS

You need to bring the following materials to every class

  • Pencil
  • Eraser (rubber)
  • Notebook (paper)
  • Ruler
  • Scientific Calculator (or app) (Buy Kmart)

SOFTWARE / APPS

We will be using the follwing programs / apps:

Lesson Legend

Mix of Hands-on Labs and engaging Theory Lessons

= Theory

= Lab (practicum)

Weekly Lesson Plans

1) Are You Faster than a "Crocigator"? - *Velocity*

Week #

 If a "crocagator" were chasing you do you think you could out run it?  How would you do in a race with a cheeta?  Think you could beat a koala?  What about a drop-bear?  Since you might get eaten testing some of these out, it may be best to learn to calculate your velocity and compare it to various animals.

Concepts

  • Speed vs Velocity
  • Distance
  • Time
  • Units
  • Unit conversions

Go Further

What to Bring

  • Device ( tablet and/or laptop)
  • Laptop Excel or Libre Office Installed
  • Backpack by Deemak Daksina from the Noun Project Class Supplies ( Pencil, Eraser, Notebook, Ruler, Calculator)
  • Stopwatch (Phone or watch with a timer)

 

2) Hot Wheels - *Velocity*

Week #

 Time to apply what you learned last week, and see if you can measure the speed of some hot wheels! 
We are taught that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but is it the fastest?
Can you discover the fastest track shape for the hot wheels to achieve maximum velocity!

 

Concepts

  • Distance
  • Time
  • Velocity
  • Potential and Kinetic Energy

What to Bring

  • Device (tablet and/or laptop)
  • Laptop Excel or Libre Office Installed
  • Backpack by Deemak Daksina from the Noun Project Class Supplies ( Pencil, Eraser, Notebook, Ruler, Calculator)
  • Stopwatch (Phone or watch with a timer)
  • Optional: Hot Wheels Cars

 


Online Lab

Junior Senior
Jr
Online Lab Jr

Sr
Online Lab Sr

A Device (Laptop, Tablet, or Phone)
is required to do this experiement

3) Hit Me! - *Foreces & Impluses*

Week #

An Impulse is a force applied over a distance. 
What happens if you apply the greatest force you can to an egg (throw it as hard as you can)? 
Can you find way to save the egg using science!

We will also look at how scientists used these concepts to land the rover on Mars!

 

Go Further

Concepts

  • Impulses
  • Force
  • Distance
  • Energy
  • Momentum

What to Bring

  • Device (tablet and/or laptop)
  • Backpack by Deemak Daksina from the Noun Project Class Supplies ( Pencil, Eraser, Notebook, Ruler, Calculator)

4) Ready, Aim, Fire Throw & Blow! - *Impluses*

Week #

 When you throw a ball you are applying an impulse to it.  What if we change the distance you can apply that force over?  See what happens as we mess with your ability to throw a ball.

Then explore if what you think you learned from throwing also applies to blowgun!  Use a real blow gun to fire darts at a target. 
How does the length of the barrel effect the impulse?

 

Concepts

  • Impulse
  • Force
  • Distance
  • Energy

What to Bring

  • Device (tablet and/or laptop)
  • GlassesEye protection / Sunglasses
    (Safety Glasses will be provided, however some students may wish to bring their own that may be more comfortable)
  • Optional: Ball to throw (about the size of a tennis ball)
  • Backpack by Deemak Daksina from the Noun Project Class Supplies ( Pencil, Eraser, Notebook, Ruler, Calculator)

 

 

 

 

Online Lab

Junior Senior
Jr
Online Lab Jr

Sr
Online Lab Sr

A Device (Laptop, Tablet, or Phone)
is required to do this experiement

5) Tick-Tock - *Pendulums*

Week #

 Pendulums were used in clocks long before we had digital watches, but how do they work?  Do they work very well? 
You will find out all about pendulums and the amazing things they can do this week!

Then use what you’ve leaned about pendulums to build a wave machine! 
To make your wave machine work you will get to use Maths and the pendulum equation!

Demo

  • 8 Ball Pendulum

 

Concepts

  • Momentum
  • Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • Pendulum
  • Frequency
  • Period

 

What to Bring

  • Backpack by Deemak Daksina from the Noun Project Class Supplies ( Pencil, Eraser, Notebook, Ruler, Calculator)

6) Back and Forth - *Pendulums*

Week #

 You will do various pendulum experiments to learn how they work. 

 

Concepts

  • Momentum
  • Pendulum
  • Frequency
  • Period

What to Bring

  • Device (tablet and/or laptop)
  • Backpack by Deemak Daksina from the Noun Project Class Supplies ( Pencil, Eraser, Notebook, Ruler, Calculator)

 

 

Online Lab

Junior Senior
Jr
Online Lab Jr

Sr
Online Lab Sr

A Device (Laptop, Tablet, or Phone)
is required to do this experiement

7) Opposite Reactions - *Newton's Third Law*

Week #

 We have used Newton’s laws of motion to get us to the moon, but what exactly are they, and how do we use them?

What does Newton think will happen when you throw a ball while standing on skateboard?

Can cats use Newton’s laws to land on their feet?

 

Concepts

  • Newton's laws of motion
  • Momentum
  • Inertia

What to Bring

  • Backpack by Deemak Daksina from the Noun Project Class Supplies ( Pencil, Eraser, Notebook, Ruler, Calculator)

 

8) Newton's Cradle Cannon - *Newton's Third Law*

Week #

 It’s always fun to end the term with a BANG
You will fire a mini cannon in various ways as you try to prove Newton’s third law!

 

Concepts

  • Newton's laws of motion
  • Momentum
  • Inertia

What to Bring

  • Device (tablet and/or laptop)
  • GlassesEye protection (Safety Glasses will be provided, however some students may wish to bring their own that may be more comfortable)
  • Backpack by Deemak Daksina from the Noun Project Class Supplies ( Pencil, Eraser, Notebook, Ruler, Calculator)

 

 

Online Lab

Junior Senior
Jr
Online Lab Jr

Sr
Online Lab Sr

A Device (Laptop, Tablet, or Phone)
is required to do this experiement

9) No Class

Week #

Break
 

10) No Class

Week #

Break
 

Christmas Holidays - Merry Christmas

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Angel


Next term's classes will begin in 2020 (dates TBA)

 
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