Go Rover Go

Duration: Four 50-minute sessions

Grade Levels: 4-8

Learn how modifying building materials can convert potential energy into kinetic energy.
Resources

Lesson Plan PDF

 

Grade Levels: 4-8

Duration: Four 50-minute sessions

Objectives:

  • 4th – 5th grade students will:
    • Explain how a vehicle stores potential energy and how that energy is converted to kinetic energy to move the rover.
    • Analyze data from testing to inform design decisions intended to improve the efficiency of a rover.
    • Apply knowledge about potential and kinetic energy to design, build and improve the efficiency of a rover.
    • Use evidence from testing and the concept of energy to support claims about how well a design meets the criteria and constraints of a design challenge.

  • 6th –8th Grade students will:
    • Explain how the distance between parts of a system affects the amount of potential energy stored in that system.
    • Analyze data from testing and knowledge about potential and kinetic energy to inform design decisions to improve the efficiency of a product.
    • Use evidence from testing and science concepts to support claims about how well their design meets the criteria and constraints of the final design challenge.