This station activity is designed to allow students to explore gravity and its impact on both Earth and the universe. It is not a deep dive into gravity and does not include calculations or space time. It is a fun way to introduce gravity before learning about coalescence and our solar system.
Station 1: Students will use a PHET simulation to explore gravity and orbits. A laptop or tablet is required at this station.
Station 2: Students will complete a ball drop experiment. Balls of different sizes and mass are needed (golf ball, ping pong ball, tennis ball, etc).
Station 3: Students will think critically about black holes.
Station 4: Students will explore their weight on different planets. A laptop or tablet is required at this station.
Station 5: Students will play with magnets to demonstrate gravitational concepts. A stack of magnets is required at this station.
Station 6: Students will read an article explaining how the Grace satellites use gravity to monitor underground water.
Station 7: Students will think through Newton's famous thought experiment.
Station 8: Students will watch a YouTube clip on the impact of zero gravity on the human body. A laptop or tablet is required at this station.
Station 9: Students will answer a writing prompt about a day without gravity.
Station 10: Students will analyze a tide diagram and make inferences.