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Fifth Grade Students Explore the Science of Sports

With the help of our area’s local sports organizations, fifth grade students at Hemby Bridge explored the science behind racing and hockey.  On March 9th, students visited the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They examined different elements of force and motion through five different activities. At one station they looked at how different surfaces affect friction.  At another they determined how changing the slope will affect the distance a car travels.  Next, students looked at how changing the weight on different segments of the car affects how it turns. The highlights were the fourth and fifth stations. Students were able to take control of a remote control car and time themselves to see who could make it around a course the fastest. Then they took a tour of the speedway, including doing two laps around the track. It was an unforgettable experience!

On March 19, representatives from the Charlotte Checkers came to each of the fifth grade classrooms. Students participated in several different demonstrations that showed how physics relates to the sport of hockey. Both of these experiences helped the students understand how the science concepts they are learning in the classroom relate to the world around them.

Written by: Matthew Bair, 5th Grade Teacher
Posted: Mar 21, 2015 by Betsy Ziskind

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