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Slingshot Cars—Newton’s Laws Activity Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7521 

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In the Slingshot Cars and Newton’s Laws Activity Kit for physical science and physics, investigate Newton’s Laws and gain a better conceptual understanding of these laws that govern motion.

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Captivate the natural curiosity of your students with slingshot cars! In this hands-on activity, students investigate Newton’s Laws and gain a better conceptual understanding of these laws that govern motion. By increasing the force that accelerates the car, students observe the relationship between force, mass and acceleration in action. Students then apply their knowledge as they identify action–reaction pairs of forces throughout the activity. Kit includes reproducible student handouts, detailed background information and complete Teacher Notes with answers to all questions.

Complete for 8 student groups.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Dowel pin, fluted, 2½" x ¼", 24
MDO plywood block, 3 holes, 6⅛ x 2½" x 1", 8
Rubber bands, medium, 32
Stoppers, solid, rubber, black, size #6, 8
Straws, red, 8", 160
String, thin, ball of ⅙ lb, 331 m

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
MS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
MS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
MS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution
HS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
HS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-1. Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
MS-PS2-2. Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object
HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.