MOTION AND FORCE AT ROBIN HILL
Designed to support a school trip to Robin Hill Country Park
SCIENCE Key Stage 4
Variants: Low Ability students | High Ability students
Motion and Force
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During their visit students can calculate the acceleration of the toboggan ride. Some students could then represent their toboggan journey on a velocity-time graph. Back at school students could practise their ‘Working Scientifically’ skills by investigating the acceleration of various model toboggans.
This resource is for students at key stage 4 and relates to the ‘Motion and Forces’ part of the Science National Curriculum, focusing on acceleration caused by forces, the quantitative relationship between acceleration, change in velocity and time.
The tasks link to various activities at Robin Hill, specifically to the Toboggan Run.
This is an on-site resource that relates to the students experiences of the various activities available at Robin Hill, specifically the Toboggan Run.
Students can complete an ‘Acceleration’ worksheet that relates to their experiences of the various activities. Students can also use data to calculate the acceleration of the Toboggan Run. Some students can then apply their knowledge of the Toboggan Run to complete a velocity-time graph.
Ideally, teachers will have introduced students to the concept of velocity as a vector quantity.
The optional post-visit aspects of the task enable students to work together to investigate how the design of a toboggan will affect its acceleration.
Key Skills Practised
Carrying out calculations
Application of knowledge
Manipulating data into a graphical form
Recording and using data
This resource in use on a school trip.
It is suggested to teachers that students be introduced to velocity and acceleration prior to the trip
Why not complete this resource on a day trip?
The Isle of Wight can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! If you're located close to the south coast then a day trip is easily achievable...
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Robin Hill is a huge outdoor space packed with fun activities which will spark any child's imagination.
After their visit students can practise their ‘Working Scientifically’ skills by carrying out a practical investigation into their experience of the Toboggan Run - they could investigate the acceleration of various model toboggans
Students will use the equation acceleration = change in velocity (m/s) ÷ time taken for the change (s) to carry out their calculations. Students will apply their knowledge to complete velocity-time graphs.
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This page was last updated on: 01/06/2016