General Lab Information


Potential & Kinetic Energy

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Students perform a roller-and-ramp, pendulum, or bouncing ball experiment to determine how the height of an object affects the distance it travels. Students collect and analyze data to determine the relationship between potential and kinetic energy. 

Vocabulary: energy, inertia, kinetic, potential

Session Information:

  • Flexible instruction whether students are in the classroom or at home. 
  • Interactive, instructor-led session facilitated with students using materials from school or home.  Can also be demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.  
  • Teachers will receive a detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking.  
  • Secure link to ZoomGov videoconferencing platform will be provided. 
  • Sessions are 30 minutes, Tu-Fr, 9:30 a.m.,10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Plan for additional time to get settled in the virtual classroom. 
  • One class per session 

New York State Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

Science and Engineering Practices

PS3.A: Definitions of Energy


Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Prediction

Energy and Matter: Flow, Cycles, and Conservation

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Next Generation English Language Arts Standards

Speaking and Listening


Comprehension and Collaboration

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


Program Audience

4th Grade