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Investigating Levers Laboratory Kit for physical science and physics lets you discover the principles of the three basic classes of levers with the hands-on materials provided.

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Let your students discover the principles of the three basic classes of levers with the hands-on materials provided in this kit. Careful analysis of various lever arrangements will produce quantifiable data for determining the mechanical advantage of each lever type. As students pull on the levers, they will personally experience the mechanical advantage of each lever type. Once discovered, the principles can be applied to many everyday items, such as wheelbarrows, shovels, scissors and hammers. The kit comes complete with meter stick, quality balance support, three knife lever clamps, weight hanger, spring scale, string, student laboratory experiments and detailed Teacher Notes.

Complete for one student group. Purchase multiple kits for an entire class set. Slotted weights are available separately.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Using mathematics and computational thinking
Developing and using models

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
MS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
HS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
HS-PS1-1: Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.