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PBL: More Efficient Amusement Park - Force, Motion and Energy

Friday, March 20, 2015

Topic
Force, Motion and Energy
Goals/Objectives/SOL

The student will investigate and understand simple machines and their uses.

Types of simple machines (lever, screw, pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, and wedge);

How simple machines function;

Compound machines (scissors, wheelbarrow, and bicycle)

Examples of simple and compound machines found in the school, home, and work environment.

Standards 3.11, 3.2

Theme
More Efficient Amusement Park
Problem Question
How can we use principles of simple machines to make the park be more efficient?
Scenario
Virginia Green is run through a partnership among the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association (VHTA). The program seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of the tourism industry and raise environmental awareness. As part of an audit, Kings Dominion has been asked to identify more efficient opportunities. As third grade engineers, you have been tasked to create ways to make the park more efficient.
Student Role
Engineering Assistant - Virginia Green
Resources

http://www.virginia.org/green/

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/.../kings_dominion.pdf

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/

https://www.kingsdominion.com/

Culminating Activity

Share your findings with King's Dominion personnel and an expert from Virginia Green.

download.jpgBonsack - 3rd - Force, Energy, Motion PBL Unit Overview.pdf

Question Map (click to enlarge):

amusement_park_simplemachines_questionmap.jpg

download.jpgBonsack - 3rd - Force, Energy, Motion PBL Unit Question Map.pdf


by Science Generalist at 4:37 PM in Elementary, Physical Science, Problem Based Learning/PBL
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