The Egg-cellent Egg Launch

The Egg-cellent Egg Launch

Time Frame: 4 weeks

Overview of Activity
In this activity, students will learn about and apply the Laws of Physics to successfully launch and land a raw egg. The activity frames the problem around designing and building a bottle rocket that will protect a raw egg being launched into the air at least seven meters. Resources included in this lesson are found at the bottom of this document and include:
  • Teacher guide
  • Physics note sheets on motion, speed, velocity, acceleration, momentum, force, friction, Newton’s Laws of Motion, potential and kinetic energy and gravity.
  • Egg Launch Instructions
  • Link to Bottle Rocket Launching Instructions
  • Links to videos
  • Post Assessment

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Big Idea(s)
Interactions between any two objects can cause changes in one or both of them.

PA Core Standards / Next Generation Science Standards
T & E EducationScience EducationMathematics EducationCEW

Essential Questions
  • UEQ: What causes an object to move?
  • LEQ: What are Newton’s 3 laws of motion?
  • LEQ: What is the difference between an unbalanced and balanced force?
  • LEQ: What is the difference between average and constant speed?
  • LEQ: What are the two fundamental forces that exist in the universe and how do they affect objects?
  • LEQ: How do different forces affect the motion of an object?
  • LEQ: How does friction oppose a force to affect motion?
  • LEQ: What is mechanical advantage and how does it affect motion?
  • LEQ: How do simple machines affect the motion of an object?  

Students Will KnowStudents Will Be Doing
  • Content specific vocab
  • Science
  • Universal Law of Gravitation
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion 1 - 3
  • acceleration
  • deceleration
  • gravity
  • inertia
  • momentum
  • Newton
  • reference point/frame of reference
  • speed
  • velocity
  • air resistance
  • balanced forces
  • centrifugal force
  • centripetal force
  • fluid friction
  • force
  • friction
  • gravity
  • net force
  • rolling friction
  • sliding friction
  • static friction
  • unbalanced forces
  • Utilize and apply science vocabulary.
  • Explain how unbalanced forces cause motion.
  • Differentiate between Newton’s three laws of  motion.
  • Apply Newton’s three laws of motion to real  life situations.
  • Explain and calculate speed, velocity, acceleration, momentum and force.
  • Identify and apply the units involved with all calculations of motion and force.
  • Identify the different types of force (friction, push, pull, gravity) and how they affect the motion of an object.

Stage 2 - Evidence of Understanding

Assessments (Formative and Summative):Performance Task(s)
  • Informal Formative Assessments
  • Observations, Calculations
  • Formal assessments on:
  • Motion and Speed Lab, Acceleration Lab, Momentum Lab, Friction Lab
  • Summative Assessments
  • Final Unit Test
  • Rocket built by each individual student
  • Launch and protect  a raw egg in a bottle rocket.

Stage 3 - Lesson Learning Targets

Learning Activities: Learning targets are written from the students perspective. I can…These should lead up to answering the Essential Question(s).
  • Identify and apply the units involved with all calculations of motion and force.
  • Identify the different types of force (friction, push, pull, gravity) and how they affect the motion of an object.
  • Design a contraption to protect an egg in the bottom of a 20 oz bottle that is being launched in the air a minimum of 7m.
  • Describe how Newton’s Laws of Motion are being applied throughout the egg launch.
  • Solve equations for speed, velocity, acceleration, momentum and force




Download: MotionQuizSTEM.doc

Download: Physics_Final_STEM.doc

Download: Physics_Flipbook_Blank_Stem_Toolkit.xlsx

Download: Physics_Flipbook_Filled_In_for_STEM_Toolkit.xlsx

Download: Physics_Flipbook_Instructions_for_STEM_Toolkit.docx

Download: Egg_Launch_-_Instructions.docx

Download: soda-bottle-rocket_instructions.pdf

Download: VEHICLE_Acceleration_Lab_STEM_Toolkit.doc

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