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With the Archimedes’ Principle Laboratory Kit for physical science and physics, discover Archimedes’ Principle and utilize his density and water experiments.

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Archimedes ran through the streets of ancient Greece shouting “Eureka!” when he realized how he could utilize his density and water displacement experiments to demonstrate that the king’s crown was made of pure gold. Students can discover Archimedes’ Principle for themselves with the inquiry strategy employed in this kit. Students place clay into containers totally filled with water. Accurate measurement of the displaced water will guide them to Archimedes’ Principle. Students will especially have fun when they use the same piece of clay to build a boat and then compare the amount of water being displaced. When cargo is added to the boats, student motivation will be high and discussion plentiful. Detailed student materials and teacher background materials are provided.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. 

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Planning and carrying out investigations
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Cause and effect

Performance Expectations

MS-PS3-1: Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.
HS-PS3-3: Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.