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Exploring Potential/Kinetic Energy With Marshmallow Shooters Lab!

In this one-time science lab, students will learn about potential and kinetic energy using interactive slides and the creation of their own marshmallow shooters!
Stephanie Newton, BSc
76 total reviews for this teacher
12 reviews for this class
Completed by 45 learners
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50 minute class

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Students will learn the difference between potential and kinetic energy, be able to give examples of each from their everyday lives, and also describe how the increase or decrease of one affects the increase of decrease of the other. They will also be able to explain how their marshmallow shooters are an example of potential and kinetic energy.
5 years teaching middle school science in the classroom, BS degree in nutrition, pre-med track. 
We will be making marshmallow shooters during class while filling out a lab report. Lab report does not have to be turned in but can be used as documentation for homeschool portfolios.
 1 file available upon enrollment
One-page lab worksheet (will be provided once enrolled, please print before class) Pencil Paper cup Tape (preferably duct tape) 12 or 15 inch balloon (2, in case one pops) mini marshmallows (about 20) Scissors (please monitor your child's use of scissors during class or pre-cut the bottom out of the paper cup before class) Measuring tape (or ruler) Optional: 1. Crazy Scientist Costume (this can be as simple as swimming goggles and crazy hair and a baseball cap...we will put on our costumes halfway through class) 2. Construction paper and a crayon or marker (to make targets for our marshmallow shooters, time permitting at the end of class)
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I will question students during the class to check for understanding, and there will be a 3 question quiz on the interactive slides used during class. Students will also fill out a one-page lab worksheet during class. 
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Please assist students with the use of scissors or pre-cut the bottom of the cup before the lab starts (cut out the entire bottom portion of the paper cup). 
nearpod lesson


Stephanie Newton, BSc
Lives in the United States
Teacher Stephanie
76 total reviews
146 completed classes

About Me

Hello, welcome to my "classroom" :). My classes are listed below, but first...a little about me! 

I am a certified middle school science teacher and taught for 5 years in the public school classroom. My educational background is in... 
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