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The indestructible, transformable entity known as energy is literally everywhere! Without it we wouldn’t be able to listen to music, play sports, finish our homework or even see our world. In this assembly, eye-popping demonstrations illuminate the science behind electrical, chemical and thermal energy.
Major Concepts to be explored:
- What are the different forms of energy in the universe?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of those different forms of energy?
- Why is energy an important part of our universe?
Goals of the Program/Class:
- To get kids excited about all of the different ways that energy can manifest itself.
- To provide a fundamental understanding of the most prevalent forms of energy: electrical, wind, solar, kinetic, potential, gravitational, and thermal.
- 3.P.1.3 Explain the effects of earth’s gravity on the motion of any object on or near the earth.
- 3.P.3.1 Recognize that energy can be transferred from one object to another by rubbing them against each other.
- 3.P.3.2 Recognize that energy can be transferred from a warmer object to a cooler one by contact or at a distance and the cooler object gets warmer.
- 4.P.1.2 Explain how electrically charged objects push or pull on other electrically charged objects and produce motion.
- 4.P.3.1 Recognize the basic forms of energy (light, sound, heat, electrical, and magnetic) as the ability to cause motion or create change.
- 7.P.2.1 Explain how kinetic and potential energy contribute to the mechanical energy of an object.
- 7.P.2.2 Explain how energy can be transformed from one form to another (specifically potential energy and kinetic energy) using a model or diagram of a moving object (roller coaster, pendulum, or cars on ramps as examples).
- 8.P.2.2 Explain the implications of the depletion of renewable and nonrenewable energy resources and the importance of conservation.
Methods and Activities:
- Volunteers from the audience will assist in hands-on activities and experiments examining the properties of each form of energy.
- Participants will see first-hand the power of electrical energy.
- Participants will experience the various forms of energy and how they may be converted from one to another.
Key Vocabulary: Conservation of Energy, Electricity, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, Gravitational Energy, Thermal Energy, Pendulum, Turbine
- Preference is stage area in gym or auditorium.
- Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
- Two long (6’-8’) tables.
- Access to electricity at stage area.
- Large trash can.
- Discovery Place will provide PA system.
- Approximate set-up and clean-up time ~ 2 hours before begins and after program ends.
- Program will need to remain set up and secured from students if multiple programs are booked. Secure storage location for materials if going to be left overnight.
Call to Book704.372.6261 x300
- Grades 3 - 8
- Duration: 50 minutes
$450 first program $300 each additional program (same day)
- up to 300 students
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