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 General Science & Technology:
 Design, Test, Build
 Physical Science:
 Energy Transfer, Potential and Kinetic Energy, Spring Potential, Rate, Friction  (Rolling/Sliding), Simple Machines (Wheel & Axle)

NATIONAL SCIENCE STANDARDS (Grades 5-8)

 Science as Inquiry- Content Standard A
 Students will learn to formulate questions, design an investigation, execute  this  investigation, interpret the data and use the evidence to generate  explanations.
 Students will practice communicating scientific procedures and explanations. They  will gain competency in following instructions, describing observations,  communicating experimental methods, and summarizing their results and the results  of other groups.
 Physical Science - Content Standard B
 The student will observe the motion of an object and learn how this motion can be  described by its position, direction of motion, and speed.
 Students will examine and reduce forces that cause objects to deviate from a straight  line and a constant speed.
 Students will understand that unbalanced forces cause change in speed.
 Student will further their understanding of energy as a property of many substances  associated with mechanical motion, heat and sound. The transfer of energy from  potential to kinetic is also investigated.
 Science and Technology- Content Standard E
 Students will communicate design ideas with blueprints and models.
 Students will find that perfect designs do not exist because constraints such as  friction and cost will always exist.
 Students will observe and evaluate their design after each planned revision.

 

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