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Shoot the Monkey—Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6439 

Price: $82.32

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Shoot the Monkey Demonstration Kit for physical science and physics is an unforgettable demonstration of Newton’s second law of motion. The monkey jumps from the branch as soon as the dart is released. Don’t miss.

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A classic! A vivid demonstration of Newton’s second law of motion that students will never forget. Aim a stun dart directly at a monkey sitting in a tree. The monkey jumps from the tree branch just as the dart is released. Will the dart hit the falling monkey or sail over the monkey’s head? This apparatus is easy to set up. Tie a metal-tipped dart to a unique release mechanism connected to the backboard. Pull the dart back to stretch the elastic band. Aim the dart at the foam monkey. Release the dart and the foam monkey drops immediately. No electromagnet switches or air guns needed. The demonstration can be repeated in less than a minute so when students ask to see it again and again, setup is no problem. Assembly is required and complete instructions are included.

Concepts: Acceleration due to gravity, projectile motion, falling objects.
Time Required: 15 minutes
Materials Provided: Backboard assembly with the release mechanism and dart launcher, monkey target.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Backboard assembly
Dart, metal tip
Monkey target

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Using mathematics and computational thinking
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Developing and using models
Asking questions and defining problems

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
MS-ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
HS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Cause and effect
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-1: Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
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.