As water falls, it is a potential source of energy. The greater the height from which the water drops the greater the potential energy source it is.
Objective: Students will
observe and understand the potential energy of falling water.
observe and document the results of adjusting variables in scientific activities.
represent data by averaging.
draw conclusions from graphed data.
Understand energy, its transformations, and interactions with matter.
Compare forms and behaviors of various types of energy.
Distinguish between the forms of energy including heat, chemical, mechanical, and gravitational potential energy.
Describe examples of energy transfer.
Prepare for the Entire Class
water container (gallon milk jug)
large plastic garbage bag for wet newspapers
Prepare for Each Team
1 cup or beaker