Ping Pong Catapult
- Understand what kinetic and potential energy are, and how one can be converted to the other.
- Design and conduct an experiment to measure how changing one variable affects another.
OverviewLearn about potential and kinetic energy the fun way—by launching ping pong balls across the classroom with a catapult!
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
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Area of Science
Potential energy, kinetic energy, conservation of energy
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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