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Collision Course!
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This is a PBL project that had students build a "collision contraption" to be used as the basis for understanding the concepts of impulse and momentum. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of impulse, momentum, and the differences in energy and momentum conservation between elastic and inelastic collisions. The project required students to design, build, and then use as a basis to prove their applied mastery of impulse and momentum, a contraption that would accurately predict the 2-dimensional motion of colliding objects, as well as to demonstrate the value of modern automobile design features in terms of safety. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

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Physics
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Author:
Ben Owens
Conservation of Energy Cars
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This is a PBL project that used the North Carolina Gravity Games as the basis for students to understand the concepts of work and energy. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of work, the conservation of energy, power, and the work-kinetic energy theorem. The project required students to design, build, and then use as a basis to prove their applied mastery of work and energy, a working "gravity car" that was tested locally, with the top three entering in the state-wide Gravity Games competition in Lenoir, NC. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

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Physics
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens
Let's Motor!
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This is a PBL project that had students design, build, and explain an electrical device that would safely and accurately demonstrate their mastery of the principles of electricity and magnetism. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of electrostatics, electrical circuits, and the fundamentals of electromagnetism and induction. The project required students to design an electrical prototype that (upon safety validation), could be built and used to authentically justify their level of mastery to local engineers, electricians, and other experts from the community. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

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Physics
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens
May the FORCE be with you!
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This is a PBL project that used a Rube Goldberg machine as the basis for students to understand the concepts of force and Newton's Laws. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of Newton's Three Laws of Motion, as well as concepts of equilibrium, rotational force (motion and torque), acceleration, and the Universal Law of Gravitation. The project required students to design, build, and then use as a basis to prove their applied mastery of force, a working Rube Goldberg Machine. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens
Winning the Battle of Pelennor Fields
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This is a PBL project that used the "Lord of the Rings" book/film as the basis for a study of kinematics. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge for one-dimensional motion and two-dimensional projectile motion so that they could successfully fend off a hypothetical attack of the ork army. The project also allowed students to build a working catapult or trebuchet. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

Subject:
Physics
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens