Forces and Motion Workshop
Science workshop for schools based on forces
This workshop for schools was developed by a qualified Aerospace Engineer with experience in the industry. The workshop will help students further their understanding of forces and motion by engaging them in several practical activities. It covers concepts such as thrust, gravity, friction, drag, and pressure.
Primary: 3 x 1.5hrs
Secondary: 3 x 1.5hrs
(25-30 students per session)
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Year 3 - Year 10
KS2, KS3, and KS4
Build your own car
Learn about forces and motion and energy transfer by building your very own propeller toy car. Conduct an experiment to learn about the relationship between thrust, mass, and acceleration.
Create a Tornado
Students will create a stunning tornado/whirlpool in a beaker.
Typical Workshop Day*
- Discuss how the motion of a car is affected by forces acting on it. Then relate this to propeller-toy-cars. In particular, discuss elastic energy, friction, thrust, and drag.
- Hand out the parts required to build the propeller-toy-cars to students and discuss the function of each component.
- Practical - Build the propeller toy car and let the glue dry.
- Group practical - Split the children into groups and build a tornado maker. Students will learn about energy transfer and how torandos/whirpools are made in nature.
- Complete a handout with questions on forces and motion.
- Usually, we will reset the session and repeat it for more groups of children on the same day. On occasions, we will end the day with a street-dance performance.
* The activities may vary depending on the length of the workshops and the age and ability of the students.