STEAM- Creating a Device that Defies Gravity!

posted Oct 25, 2019, 8:37 AM by Patrick Johnson

Students have been learning about forces in Science. Last week students completed a STEAM activity (with a partner), to build a device that would slow an object that is being pulled down by gravity.

First we watched and discussed a short video about gravity.

Then we discussed out guiding questions for this project.

Guiding Questions
  1. What force is pulling the object to the ground?

  2. What is the difference between how the object fell by itself and how it fell using your design?

  3. How do people jumping out of airplanes slow down their falling speed?

  4. Do all objects fall at the same speed?

Afterwards, students were giving the below task to complete. They were giving materials (paper plates, string, cardstock, tape, construction paper, straws, popsicle sticks and others) and were told that they needed to plan and build the contraption with a partner.

Students were then introduced the recording sheet. They needed to stop a ball from 150 cm and time how long it took to hit the ground. When they finished their contraption, they needed to re-time the ball falling to the ground using the contraption.

When students were done the experiment, they completed a reflection sheet on how well they did with their learning skills during the activity.

Students created a large variety of contraptions! Some students created parachutes where other students created gliders. One group even use the air vent to have their ball hover!