Rosehill News: Friction, Movement and Slopes

This half term, Scientist in Residence Betti Copperwood has been exploring movement with pupils at Lab_13 Rosehill.

Pupils explored the relationship between materials and friction by sliding wooden blocks down a slope. One block was particularly rough, one was normal and one was covered in tin foil. The one covered in tin foil slid easily down the slope at a low angle and the rough block stuck to the surface for a long time until the slope was almost 90 degrees. This illustrated friction.

Pupils also explored how different weighted balls impacted on a goal – light polystyrene balls were unable to move a cardboard goal but heavy bouncy balls knocked it over!


Other pupils also developed a system to get a ball to roll down through a tube and over a series of obstacles. After much trial and error and subtle adjustments to the angle of the slope, the size of ball and material of the obstacles, the pupils were successful in getting the ball to complete the obstacle course!






About lab13network

Lab_13 is a space in a school managed by pupils for pupils to conduct their own research and experiments driven by their curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm, and under the watchful supervision of a Scientist in Residence (not a teacher!!).
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