Goal: Build a Rube Goldberg Machine or Pinball Machine that exemplifies potential energy!
Description: Students had the opportunity to learn about the various types of potential energy and what factors affect each type of potential energy. They then engaged in the engineering and design process to create the machine of their choice. An important component of this process was receiving peer feedback and making adjustments based off of the feedback. Student videos and narratives gave learners an outlet to express how their design reflected their understanding of the concepts. In the end, each design uniquely showed each student's understanding of potential energy and the factors that affect them!
Grade Level: 8