If you enjoy teaching your kids about the wonders of science and are interested in leading your children through a few kinetic energy, Stephen Buzzi thinks you should continue reading to discover a few fun kinetic energy experiments, which are sure to amaze your kids.
3 Kinetic energy experiments:
Bouncing balls experiment
If you’d prefer to start off with a basic experiment, which can’t go wrong, it’s well worth starting with this simple ball focused experiment. Start off by acquiring two balls. A heavy, large ball and a much smaller, lighter ball. Get another individual to place the large ball on your hand and then to balance the smaller ball on top of your large ball. Try and keep your hand still, so that both balls are balanced on the palm of your hand. Now place your hand on top of the smaller ball, so that your child or friend can safely take their hand away.
Quickly take your hand of the small ball, so that both balls fall down to the ground. You should find that the larger ball hits the ground and that the smaller ball hits the larger ball, instead of the floor and bounces up high into the air. As the kinetic energy which the larger ball picked up on its fall, has been transferred to the smaller ball. When the smaller ball bounced onto the larger ball.
Water bending experiment
If your kids love magic, they may be thrilled to be given the opportunity to bend water with a simple, plastic comb. To conduct this mind-bending science experiment turn your tap’s faucet on so that a steady but controlled stream of water starts to run into your sink. Next, give your child a cheap, plastic comb and instruct them to brush their hair vigorously for a minute, so that kinetic energy is created.
Here comes the fun part. Next, instruct your child to move their comb next to your water stream and you should find that it bends its way away from your child’s cheap, plastic comb. Which will be sure to amaze your kids and yourself.
Using building blocks construct two different ramps to race toy cars down. One ramp which is steeper than the other. Then place a toy car at the top of each ramp and release them at the same time, to see how the angle and steepness of a ramp, will affect the speed of any objects which race down them. If you don’t have any toy cars on hand you can use balls of the same size to complete this particular experiment instead.
After completing this particular experiment, your kids should understand why they slide faster down steeper slides at the playground than slides which boast a less severe incline.
So if your kids have a passion for science and find conducting science experiments at home, plenty of fun it’s well worth setting up the 3 fun-filled kinetic energy experiments listed above, on a rainy day. When it’s too wet for your kids to play outside!